Monday, February 9, 2015

MC2 Post 1983 Hijacking the Family Car -- DARPA --

DARPA Hacks GM's OnStar To Remote Control A Chevrolet Impala

In a broad-reaching report by 60 Minutes about DARPA and the Internet of Things, the Department of Defense has shown that it can hack General Motors' OnStar system to remote control a last-gen Chevrolet Impala.


DARPA has a budget of around half a billion dollars a year and its Information Innovation Office is headed by Dan Kaufman, who employs a team of researchers that focus on increasing national security through revolutionary projects. One of those projects involves hacking the connected car, and this is what they found:


DARPA engineers dialed in through the Impala's OnStar system, transmitted a data packet that confused the internal computers, and then planted a malicious bit of code that allowed it to reprogram control systems on the ECU.


That allowed them to do everything from turn on the windshield wipers to honk the horn, and even controll the throttle and brakes, putting a hapless Lesley Stahl through a line of cones.


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Your Smart TV May Be Listening to Your Private Conversations

Samsung's motto is "TV Has Never Been This Smart," 
but that might not be a completely positive thing.


Samsung smart TVs have a new and innovative voice command function that allows users to access services without using a remote control. But that technology might be working against you by capturing your private conversations.


"Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition," Samsung notes in their terms and conditions policy.

Lance Ulanoff, editor-at-large of, told Bill Hemmer on "America's Newsroom" that for the voice command to work, it has to be able to parse users' words.


"Sometimes they can help you, Samsung itself can help you. But other times, they have to deliver what you said to a third party to get the help there," Ulanoff explained, noting that those third parties are trusted partners of Samsung.

"To be fair to Samsung, this is a big trend. How many different things do we have that listen to us now? We have Google Now, we have Microsoft Cortana, we have Amazon Echo with Alexi, Apple Siri."


Ulanoff said that the smart TV is only "listening" when you are engaging it - and a microphone appears on the screen when the voice recognition feature is activated - so you can always turn that function off.







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