Threats, Malware

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

February 1, 2016

“Baby, you can drive my car.”

A researcherat the University of California, San Diego, claimed to have discovered a way to hackinto a computerized car's operational controls by playing a music CD encodedwith malware on the vehicle's entertainment system.

StephanSavage, Professor of Computer Sciences and head researcher, told attendees at the Usenix Enigma conference in SanFrancisco last week that playing 18 seconds of a .WMA track was all it took totake over the car's systems, according to a reportby TechFrag.

Security experts often warn that entertainment systems and other poorlysecured connected technologies can act as a gateway for hackers to gain access to more criticalvehicular systems.

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