Our friend Mountain Republic was on the story about the dangers of vehicle hacking with his 2013 post sourced from Inforwars. Government hackers were, according to conspiracy theories floated at the time, possibly involved in the high speed crash of Hastings car.
Today, through the Wikileaks Vault 7 release, we now have confirmation that hacking vehicles to assassinate people was a CIA subject of interest.
The CIA has been investigating ways to manipulate the control systems of modern cars and trucks that could be used for covert assassinations, WikiLeaks said on Tuesday as part of its dump of more than 8,700 documents that it claims are from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence.
“As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks,” WikiLeaks said in a statement. “The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.”
Most cars are now equipped with electronic brake control systems, and a number of systems, including acceleration, airbags, steering, door locks and entertainment system are controlled by sensors and computers, making them susceptible to hacking.
However, the risk of cars being hacked is nothing new. In 2014, two hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, demonstrated they could remotely hack the Jeep Grand Cherokee through its entertainment system and gain access to the vehicle’s other functions. Car companies and part manufacturers have beefed up security against such attacks, but the threat remains.
The FBI put out a public service announcement in March of 2016 to warn that cars are “increasingly vulnerable” to “remote exploits.” The notice offered information and tips to drivers on how they can better protect themselves, including ensuring a vehicle’s software is up to date.
There has been some movement in Congress to further shield drivers from the dangers of hacking. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Security and Privacy in Your Car Act of 2015, which would create a regulatory framework to better protect drivers as car technology advances.