Not the same old song: Researcher hacks into car with malware-laced CD

A car's entertainment center, including its CD player, can be an access point for hackers.
A car's entertainment center, including its CD player, can be an access point for hackers.

“Baby, you can drive my car.”

A researcher at the University of California, San Diego, claimed to have discovered a way to hack into a computerized car's operational controls by playing a music CD encoded with malware on the vehicle's entertainment system.

Stephan Savage, Professor of Computer Sciences and head researcher, told attendees at the Usenix Enigma conference in San Francisco last week that playing 18 seconds of a .WMA track was all it took to take over the car's systems, according to a report by TechFrag.

Security experts often warn that entertainment systems and other poorly secured connected technologies can act as a gateway for hackers to gain access to more critical vehicular systems.

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