Researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek compromised a 2014 Jeep from miles away using the cellular signal and a vulnerability found in U-Connect, which is an internet-connected dashboard computer, known as the head unit. Once they compromised the vehicle’s systems remotely, they were able to demonstrate the ability to take control of several systems like the air conditioning, stereo, engine, and brakes. This really demonstrates the maturity of the IOT (Internet of Things) vulnerabilities that are now part of the reality that we live in. Using common conveniences in vehicles with built-in mobile hotspots is resulting in a new generation of hacks that car manufacturers never had to worry about previously.
The researchers will be releasing some of their concept code at the upcoming Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, August 1-6.