Bus pirate used to hack into a car

Nilsson writes to inform us that he spotted a Bus Pirate in a video from Vice News, “How to hack a car: Phreaked Out (episode 2)”

From his laptop, he was able to manipulate the car’s engine, brakes and security systems by wirelessly tapping into the Controller Area Network, or CAN bus, network. Without getting too deep into the details—both for legal reasons and due to my own training-wheel knowledge of such things—he was able to do so by implementing some off-the-shelf chips, a third party telematic control unit, a GSM-powered wireless transmitter/receiver setup, and a significant amount of know-how he’s accrued over the years.

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  1. This is stupid. I just read about this all paranoia crap on the news. With physical acces you can also plant a bomb in your car or install a 30$ gsm alarm system with an enigne cut relais and remote controll your system of choice by physically pushing its controll button or cutting its power wires. In any car. The whole idea of encrypting the can bus and car systems even more then they are today will make cars even more closed source then they are today and give car producers the chance to install a backdoor for secret services and criminals nobody can controll anymore. (ecall). Then you can “enjoy” total surveillance.

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