We have been covering articles about cars and how engineers are busy in coming up with performance based cars. While their research continues and new breakthroughs are being achieved, there’s another group which is working to exploit weaknesses in cars and how they work.
The gadget is known as CAN Hacking Tool (CHT) and is capable of being fitted to any car’s Controller Area Network in just a couple of minutes and once it has been fitted, a virus like code can be run through the vehicle’s system. The invention comes from Javier Vazquez Vidal and Alberto Garcia Illera who are Spanish researchers linked with security. The gadget was shown off back in 2013 at Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas. The designers have plans for organizing a demonstration at Singapore in March for the same conference.
Among many other commands which will be at the disposal of the hacker, the hacker is able to disable the brakes, engaging the airbag, locking up the car and enabling/disabling the alarm system. This gadget is not the first of its kind and according to Valasek; ‘Academics have shown you can get remote code execution. We showed you can do a lot of crazy things once you’re inside.’