Cybersecurity researchers use the internet to hack into car, turn off engine as it drives

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    Former National Security Agency hacker Charlie Miller, now at Twitter, and IOActive researcher Chris Valasek used a feature in the Fiat Chrysler telematics system Uconnect to break into a car being driven on the highway by a reporter for technology news site Wired.com.

    In a controlled test, they turned on the Jeep Cherokee’s radio and activated other inessential features before rewriting code embedded in the entertainment system hardware to issue commands through the internal network to steering, brakes and the engine.

    “There are hundreds of thousands of cars that are vulnerable on the road right now,” Mr Miller said.

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