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Any car can be hacked if it has this little computer dongle

Any car can be hacked if it has this little computer dongle
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Almost all modern cars have sophisticated computers inside them already, but more people than ever are adding extra ones. Have you seen those little dongles that plug into your dash? Insurance organizations, fleets and other companies use them to track their drivers.

The dongles can be hacked by a mere SMS message, though. The OBD2 dongles, as they're called, are cellular-enabled for businesses like insurance companies to gather information on vehicles' movements, speed and efficiency.

The researchers who discovered the vulnerability were able to turn on a 2013 Corvette's windshield wipers and even engage its brakes while the car was driving slowly (automated functions would prevent the brakes from engaging at faster speeds). Watch the video below to see this amazing hack.

Mobile Devices, the firm that manufactures the OBD2 dongles, created a security patch for this hack vulnerability and updated many of the gadgets. The researchers, however, say thousands of still-hackable dongles (mostly in Spain) are still in use, and that the overall issue isn't solved. As these wireless trackers become more popular (federal agencies are supposed to start using them in fleets with more than 20 vehicles) more problems can be expected.

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Source: Slate
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