To increase awareness of security weaknesses in car computer systems, well-intentioned hackers used laptop computers to demonstrate the ease of infiltrating those systems. Chris Valasek, Director of Intelligence at computer security firm IOActive, and Charlie Miller, a security engineer for Twitter, received a federal grant to root out security vulnerabilities in automobiles. They hacked into a Ford Escape and released their findings to help researchers address security issues before malicious hackers find ways to exploit them. Two years ago, academic researchers hacked a car’s computers through cell phone and Bluetooth connections, the car’s CD player and tire pressure monitoring system. Experts say hacking will get easier as cars increasingly rely on Internet access and computer-controlled safety devices. New York Times (August 8, 2013); Claims Journal (September 5, 2013); Forbes (July 24, 2013).
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