(Reuters) A couple of white-hat hackers (those who are hired to find software vulnerabilities) set out to hack some cars. They were able to force a Toyota Prius to brake when it was going 80 miles per hour, jerk its steering wheel, or accelerate its engine. They can disable the brakes on a Ford Escape at slow speeds so it keeps moving no matter how hard the driver tries to stop.
They were actually doing this sitting in the cars with a laptop on their laps hooked to the network of the cars. They didn’t do it remotely, but this did uncover security flaws.
The two hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, will detail their findings ans publish the techniques they used in a 100-page white paper. This research was conducted with a grant from the U.S. government. They will also release the software they built to do this at this week’s Def Con hacking convention in Las Vegas.