July 5, 2010

SATAN AND THE CAR HAVE MORE IN COMMON THAN HORNS:


Researchers fear the terror threat from automobiles
: Could your car be an evil force? Or your toaster, for that matter? Researchers aim to reveal all (Marc Abrahams, 7/05/10, guardian.co.uk)

The paper, written by Karl Koscher and a team of 10 other researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California San Diego, was presented at the 2010 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering) symposium on security and privacy, in Berkeley, California.

Unlike the mindless jalopies of the past, it points out, "Today's automobile is no mere mechanical device, but contains a myriad of computers."

This myriad has powers to do good things for us humans, as well as bad things to us. Already, in some cases, the microchip hordes quietly, beneficently take control from the driver. The Lexus LS460 luxury sedan can automatically parallel-park itself. Many General Motors cars will soon have what the study calls "integration with Twitter".

The team's goal was to look past the goodness and see how hard it would be to cause trouble.

Limiting themselves to the here and now ("we concern ourselves solely with the vulnerabilities in today's commercially available automobiles"), they tell, in professionally dull, let's-remember-we're-engineers fashion, how they conducted an experimental reign of terror...

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2010 11:03 AM
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