Last week I attended Defcon21, where in addition to hanging out with my most excellent co-workers, I had the opportunity to see the complete presentation given by Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, that I had written about here.
This research demonstrates that a vehicle could be “hacked” into and made to perform in such a way as to endanger the life of the operator and occupants.
They went in much greater depth than their teaser interview with Andy Greenberg’s article.
They covered how the vulnerabilities were discovered in great detail, demonstrated the various attacks that could be executed, and released all their research, so that the rest of the security community could build upon it.
We saw how these vulnerabilities, when exploited, caused the early demise of Charlie’s lawn mower, the destruction of the back of his garage, and ultimately the premature death of Chris Valasek’s Toyota Prius.