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Texting and driving is a dangerous practice, we can all agree on that. But would you be surprised to learn that texting might cause you trouble even when your vehicle is locked up tight? As more and more daily items tap into the Matrix, we're exposing more products to those crafty enough to have taken the red pill that is a complete understanding of computer science.

The Black Hat organization gathers industry professionals for events that focus on technical security, and hosts meetings around the world. A recent event in Las Vegas brought out a few folks from iSec Partners, who demonstrated that they could unlock and start a Subaru Outback using their Android phone. By setting up their own GSM network, the pair from iSec grabbed authentication passwords by way of text messages. This gained them entry to the vehicle, and also allowed them to fire up the engine.

This security issue isn't a flaw related solely to the Outback either, as the duo from iSec explained how they could gain control over any device that is accessible via similar networks. Excuse us while we go wrap everything we own in tinfoil, including our heads.


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      remission12
      • 3 Years Ago
      All your Outback are belong to us.
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @remission12
        Shoulda bought a mitsu. Maybe someone could use this an excuse for destruction. Some hacker stole my subaru and drove it off a cliff then it exploded on impact, I was at TGI Friday's at the time so it couldn't have been me...
      Edward Ellsworth
      • 3 Years Ago
      This will scare a lot of people - and rightly so - but I feel like it's also a bit of a red herring. Not that it's impossible, but most common criminals do not have sophisticated technological knowledge and equipment. If they had those kinds of skills, they'd be able to get jobs paying big bucks in the IT sector! But people worry more about the mysterious and unknown, even though the bigger danger may be a guy who's handy with a coathanger. Case in point: I used to work for a bank. SO many customers were scared of online banking. They preferred to pay bills by check, fearing their accounts and identities could be compromised by hackers. But the number of such cases? Infinitesimal. Never personally saw one. However, every day we saw cases of fraud perpetrated with... MAILED CHECKS. Checks contain your address, bank name, account number, and signature. Same thing as flying vs. driving - the former is statistically safer but scares us more because it's mysterious: we don't fully understand the mechanisms involved, and it's completely out of our control. Just like hacking.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice Android phone there.
      stickshiftn69
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is what happens when technology takes over pure laziness JUST USE A F-UCKING KEY
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stickshiftn69
        I like keyless entry because if you are juggling grocery bags and **** you can just open your door. Once you are seated in your car however I think that inserting a key in the ignition is not a hard step to take.
      jwuwork
      • 3 Years Ago
      wait, isn't that an iphone?
      authorized-user
      • 3 Years Ago
      The more complicated the equipment, the easier it is to hack.
      Euphrentic
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is Out Of Control! I'm 2 seconds away from going completly analog.... (not really) I surely expected a Android/Apple fanboy fight over this article! *whew*
      gefinley
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not really one for being paranoid, but this does make me glad I drive an older car where the audio is possibly the most complicated bit of electronics. And it doesn't even have a CD player. (ECU might give it a run for its money. Might.) Granted, they could just smash a window with their phone and accomplish the same thing. Hotwiring it is probably easy enough.
      FuzzyCat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hold on a second. They set up their own gsm network and 'waited' until the owner sent a text message to the vehicle.. they didn't hack the car they hacked the phone by making it think it was on a legitimate network. This is like blaming SMTP because you set up a fake wifi access point matching a real one and the user checked their email. This isn't a story about hacking cars it's a story about using $10k GSM network equipment and allowing roaming, then waiting for text messages.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        x23
        • 3 Years Ago
        oh man!!! that was sooooo funny!!! LOL! did you make that up yourself?! cause seriously... i am laughing SO HARD right now! just brilliant work there! HAHAHAHA!!! it's like you combined APPLE with CRAP... and made up a HILARIOUS new word! OH GOD! THAT IS JUST SO SO SO FUNNY! do you work in stand-up comedy or something? or write for a television sitcom? if not... you should totally think about doing something like that. that is some GRADE A+ mind-bendingly hilarious material!
          mmm9191
          • 3 Years Ago
          @x23
          I bet if someone would've inserted a windose in there you would've jumped with joy.
      NissanGTR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lazy people deserve having this done to them. Unlocking a door and starting a car with a key has been standard for what 70-80years now.
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