Last year, two security experts showed the world how a skilled hacker can tap into a car’s vulnerable spots, successfully taking over a Toyota Prius and a Ford Escape. Now, they’re back with a device they say it would protect our cars from cyber assaults.
Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller, during last year’s Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas showcased how a hacker could dangerously attack cars, taking over the braking system of the two cars, while they were moving.
“I really don’t care if you hack my browser and steal my credit card,” Valasek said. “But crashing a car is life or death. It is dramatic. We wanted to be part of the solution.”
“Cyber security is a global concern and it is a growing threat for all industries, including the automotive,” said Jack Pokrzywa, manager of global ground vehicle standards with SAE International.
The two experts have now come up with a prototype for a vehicle “intrusion prevention device” – to be officially revealed during next month’s Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas. The device is not expensive, including about $150 worth of electronic parts, but it does have a “secret sauce” – computer algorithms that detect and prevent the abnormal operation of the car.