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Scroll down a bit and read my post on the governments plan to require cars to “talk” to each other. Wireless technology is wunderbar, isn’t it?

Sure it is, even more so when you combine with this sort of thing.

How your car can be hacked remotely by a tiny device

Assembled from about $25 worth of parts, the CHT is connected to the OBD-II diagnostics port and tucked discreetly out of sight in a matter of minutes. Once installed, the intruders can connect wirelessly and tap into the vehicle network, which enables the sensors and computers to speak with each other and control the car. Previous demonstrations have required a cable interface with the CAN bus.

“Well”, you say, “This requires the would be hacker/hijacker to get into the car to plug in the circuit board.”
Think again, bunky.

Intruders would still need initial physical access to install the device, and the limited 15- to 30-foot range of Bluetooth means they would have to remain close by to do anything nefarious, making this a proof of concept. However, it’s just a matter of time before someone develops a longer-range WiFi or cellular version.

Embedded systems like General Motors’ OnStar will eventually become the preferred attack vector because they will never need access to the car.

This article doesn’t make me feel any better either,

NHTSA pledges to keep our highways safe from cyber attackers

According to David Strickland, head of the NHTSA, the grant will enable the agency to “address vehicle cyber-security, conduct testing, acquire data and improve electronic systems reliability.” It will also conduct rule-making-ready research to establish electronic requirements for vehicle control systems.

“If there’s a chance of [a cyber attack on our cars] happening, we have to address it,” Strickland said.

This is the same federal government that has made various high tech companies build back doors into their products so that intelligence agencies including the NSA can spy on people. I’m sure that they won’t do anything underhanded with our cars.

No doubt a few of you think I’m being paranoid. Somehow I think that Borepatch would tell me that I’m not paranoid enough.

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