The Jeep Hackers Back in Action: The True Threat of Car Hacking

You may remember the notorious Jeep Cherokee hack back in  2015, that caused a massive 1.4 million vehicle recall for Chrysler and sparked world wide interest in car hacking – well now the two automotive cybersecurity researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, that performed the original hacks are back with new, even more severe, eye opening attacks.

In their previous hack, they were able to shut down, paralyse and disable the breaks – compromising the entire vehicle –  at low speeds remotely – a daunting  proportions to say the very least. The two researchers have continued their hacks on the Chrysler platform, in an attempt to highlight what  can happen if the Black Hat community commits to cause as much damage as possible – the results of these efforts are far worse than that of last year.

The new hacks, although not remote, are able to execute far more advanced actions – slamming the breaks, accelerating and even suddenly turning the wheel – all at high speed – which could easily cause the vehicle to tip over.  A recent WIRED piece focuses on these hacks, including a videos of the hacks in acton – forcing any skeptic to accept the fatal risks involved and the potent threat that car hacking represents.

These dangerous hacks were done by manipulating the CAN bus, one of the most common and vulnerable part of any connected car today – Trillium provides a unique, patent pending cybersecurity solution for this specific central port of the car called SecureCAN. These life threatening hacks would never be able to do harm a car that has our SecureCAN technology enabled.