Hackers sound alarm about Internet of...

Hackers sound alarm about Internet of Things

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Joshua Kopstein

Matawan, NJ

#1 Aug 8, 2014
Hackers sound alarm about Internet of Things

By reframing cybersecurity as a public safety issue, white-hat hackers may be making inroads in Washington

August 7, 2014 5:00AM ET

by Joshua Kopstein

A hacker with a smartphone can unlock your front door. Your refrigerator becomes infected with a virus that launches cyber attacks against activists in Bahrain. Criminals and intelligence agencies grab data from your home thermostat to plan robberies or track your movements.

Last year, Defense Department-funded researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek revealed how a hacker can enter commands directly into a car’s digital control system — disabling the brakes or turning the steering wheel, for instance. The duo reported new vulnerabilities this past week in the 2015 Cadillac Escalade and 2014 Jeep Cherokee, saying both cars can be hacked via wireless Bluetooth, which runs on the same network as the vehicles’ braking, steering and engine-control systems. While some in the auto industry have responded with concern, many manufacturers have been silent or tried to downplay the findings.


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