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Hackers can hijack cars using malware hidden in songs

Hackers can hijack cars using malware hidden in songs
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The operating systems of modern cars are becoming increasingly sophisticated. They notify you of potential mechanical problems, sync to your smartphone and some even turn your car into a Wi-Fi hot spot. But, with all of these upgrades, is your car more secure?

The answer is, probably not. It's the same issue we see in the "Internet of Things" industry, or market for smart home products. As products get smarter, they also become more susceptible to being hacked. In fact, just the other day, we told you about Shodan, a creepy search engine that seeks out unsecured Web cams, baby monitors and security systems.

When it comes to the modern operating systems of cars, new concerns have been popping up. One of which is the recent discovery made by researchers showing that some cars can be taken over completely just by playing one song on a CD.

It wasn't just any song, though. This song was laced with malicious code that was loaded on the CD itself. So, as soon as the song was played, the malware was released. "Give me 18 seconds of playtime," said researcher Stefan Savage, "and we can insert the attack code."

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