Engineering Evil

  • Security engineers  have  managed to hack the software in a Toyota Prius
  • The U.S  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency funded the  hack

By  Victoria Woollaston

PUBLISHED: 11:30 EST, 25  July 2013 |  UPDATED: 11:31 EST, 25 July 2013

 

Forget hacking accounts, computers or mobile  devices – security engineers from Indiana have managed to hack the software inside  the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape.

Using a laptop wirelessly connected to the  car’s electronics, Charlie Miller and  Chris Valasek were able to remotely  control the brakes, the accelerate, change the speedometer, switch the  headlights on and off, tighten the seatbelts and even blast the horn.

The project was funded by a grant from the  U.S Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to highlight the security risks  affecting modern-day cars.

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A pair of engineers from Indiana have managed to hack the software that runs the electronics in a 2010 Toyota Prius and Ford Escape, pictured, so that the brakes, steering, speedometer and the car's electronics can be controlled remotely using a laptop 

Engineers from Indiana have managed to hack the software  that runs the electronics in a 2010 Toyota Prius…

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