A journalist from Wired has experienced hacking a car remotely by two experts that can control virtually all functions to disable the brakes and stop the engine.

Cars are now increasingly connected to the Internet, making them vulnerable to potential hackers attacks. Andy Greenberg, journalist at Wired, wanted to point this risk in an experiment.

Disturbing experience

The video is that the journalist is not aware of events promised safe by a duo of “pirates”. Charlie Miller, a security engineer at Twitter and Chris Valasek, director of research in automotive safety at IOActive But novelty, the “hackers” are comfortably installed in a house several kilometers away, unlike a previous video from 2013 where they were located on the rear seats and connected directly to the car’s system, while a Toyota Prius.

They turn off the car and lock the brakes

Driving a Jeep Cherokee 2014 – connected to the Internet – on a highway in San Luis (California, USA), Greenberg is gradually bother the two acolytes . They begin with the activation of the air conditioning, then by displaying a picture of them in tracksuits on the screen, before putting the radio to a deafening volume and the broadcaster could not to intervene, while activating the windshield wipers and washer.

Then they move on to another level, turning off the engine, A. Greenberg front on again to avoid possible accident while still on the highway. Once at their destination, the “pirates” shows him still other possible maneuvers remote – and equally dangerous – like grip on the direction in reverse, random display of speed, . closing doors and even disabling the brakes Here, the two security experts targeted a flaw in the infotainment system U-Connect Chrysler Group installed on the Jeep Cherokee, which can now have a corrective update.

The experience is the fact only two people on one car, the engineers are concerned rather in the new generation of million cars systematically connected to the Internet, vulnerable and potentially hackable. To educate automotive contruscteurs, the two experts will broadcast the details of their operation at the Black Hat conference in early August in Las Vegas (United States). What about autonomous cars like Google For that can only lead?