Scary fact of the day: Your car can get hacked
. Not with an axe or something, but via SMS
. Security researchers Don Bailey and Mathew Solnik
at iSec Partners
(lucky for all of us that this isn't a different [x]Sec) have figured out a way to hack cars with SMS by essentially sneaking into the series of communications that allow smartphone apps
to unlock car doors or even start the engines. Apparently, it isn't even that hard.
The pair have reported that they were able to figure out how to intercept the messages that come from a car-starter mobile app and then spoof
them with a laptop in about 2 hours time. Bailey is scheduled to talk about his findings at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas
, and luckily for car owners and car companies, he's a nice enough guy not to mention the pair of products they hacked or any technical details about the process until the software makers can patch up these insecurities.