Jeep hacker resigns from Twitter job image

The security researcher, who managed to hack into a moving Jeep earlier this year, left his job for the past three years as an engineer at Twitter Inc, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Charlie Miller, who is a former National Security Agency hacker and also one of the world’s most well-known security experts, refused to comment on the news of his departure and to say what his future plans are. A Twitter spokesman was not available for comments, either.

Miller managed to break into a moving Jeep as it was driving on the highway with help from an IOActive researcher, Chris Valasek. Not only did the subject become a hot topic for this month’s security conferences in Las Vegas, but it also raised awareness for carmakers and drivers about not just physical safety in a car, but privacy and security.

The two researchers’ work that targeted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles led to the first ever car recall regarding protection of drivers from malicious hacking. Following that, FCA recalled 1.4 million vehicles to install updated software that would prevent future hackers from a similar experiment, which used the mobile network to gain access to the entertainment system and then take control of the car’s engine, brakes and steering.

The car industry has faced the recent issue of cyber security with lawmakers pointing out that automakers have not come up with comprehensive solutions to provide safety for their customers at the moment. Therefore, automakers are focusing to create as soon as possible an Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) with help from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers in order to make a clearinghouse for intelligence regarding cyber threats that happen to cars and their networks.

By Gabriela Florea