• Aug 5th 2013 at 11:00AM
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Car Hacking With CarKnow: TRANSLOGIC 135
We head to Boston, Mass. to hack a Buick Regal with CarKnow founder Josh Siegel. CarKnow is a tech startup that uses custom hardware and software to digitally duplicate your car in the cloud. Supporting MIT's CloudThink standard, CarKnow uses data generated by the vehicle to create various applications that allow for remote control of the car via a mobile device. Does all this vehicle data present a security threat for car owners?

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      Brace for a crash and burn. Where are we heading with all this garbage? Take a long look at what we really need to live, and you'll save money and perhaps be a lot more happier.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Theoretically, anything with a computer could be hacked...your pacemaker, your car, your insulin pump...
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      Nothing like putting all this on the internet so a wiz-kid hacker and get the idea to start hacking cars. Now this just puts Grand Theft Auto into a new brackett!
        • 1 Year Ago
        Thought of that too. Great. The news media always helps with the crime training and tips.
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      • 2 Years Ago
      this is the dumbest device i have ever seen.
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      Techno-gadget rubbbish, marketed to those with out a brain, meant to make you believe you can't live without it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems to me this would be a great way to find kidnapped victims if they have the car info...
      • 1 Year Ago
      And You are all complaining about the NSA ....
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hacking a car just wasn't a threat a few years back. Now it is. In addition the device shown isnt the problem for most of us. What you have to worry about is data recorders. I assure you that within a few years a cop will be able to scan your car and get the data as to where you were speeding and how fast you were going. Insurance comapnies will also use real or altered data to deny coverage
        • 2 Years Ago
        Isn't that pretty much what the insurance company with "Flo" the spokesperson is advocating with the device you attach to the port and determine if they give a discount? If you try one of their devices, do "they" keep the data that is collected/uploaded? Is that data made available (for a small fee of course) to other insurance companies? (Let's think a little bigger... maybe to health and life insurance companies too? Maybe you called in sick at work 'after a car accident', and the boss/HR can check on that?) Back in the days of actual chart recorders, one of a company's trucks hit some debris in the road, jumped a curb and hit a utility pole. The chart "showed" a 90MPH spike at the time of the accident, so the company was interested in calling the employee on the carpet, and having him pay for all the damages, UNTIL the street where the mishap occurred was shown to be only 2 1/2 city blocks long... (proving 90MPH was unattainable). It became pretty obvious the "spike" was from one of the impacts (debris or pole). Guess what? Impacts have an effect on electronic devices too, (besides actual permanent damage). An "impact" or "shock" WILL temporarily mess up the crystal oscillator that provides the clocking signal to the electronics. That can, and does, scramble the 'computers' and sensing info for a (hopefully) short time. Sometimes it doesn't matter, sometimes the 'computer' can go into neverland and not recover, and requires 'rebooting' to get back to normal, (i.e. turn it off, then back on again), or additional hardware would cause the 'computer' to automaticly restart a recovery routine, (extra cost, and car companies do NOT want to add extra costs/complexity to their vehicles). I've done embedded S/W and systems work for over a decade BTW.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here we have it folks, nothing belongs to us alone anymore ! now we have unknowns riding with us weather we want them to or not in our business stalking our every move in every way possible :-( all of this is for they`re benefit only not ours trust & believe .
      • 2 Years Ago
      How can you block this? How about wrapping the device iwith foil?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Much to do about nothing....unfortunately I get attracted to these so called ie: information I need to know, or just can't live with-out things from AOL, after opening it.....there's usually nothing to them.....come on....sometimes the by-lines that AOL highlights....so to speak....advertises.....is never addressed or discussed.....it's like opening up a box of Cracker Jacks and there isn't any prize and like some of the comments below...A WASTE OF MY TIME....but then again that's my opinion....thanx for listening or reading or me wasting ya'lls time !
      • 1 Year Ago
      And, yet another Steve Jobs wannabe--cluttering the world-collective with superfluous s***t---- so that he can make Fortune 500's richest list for inventors that make crap that supplies people with over--information of which they don't need to know or do, and even more importantly don't want to know or do. Meanwhile, cancer, AIDS, and heart disease remain steadfast without any cures in sight.
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