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Hacking Internet-Connected Trucks and Buses 31

An anonymous reader writes: Among the things one can find with Shodan, the search engine for the Internet of Things, are trucks, buses and delivery vans that have been equipped with the Telematics Gateway Unit device and a modem to connect to the Internet. What's more, security researcher Jose Carlos Norte says that this setup can be misused by malicious individuals to monitor and control these vehicles -- to discover their position, their speed, and so on, as well as to change some of those parameters, e.g. change the vehicle's route, or put up a geo-fence for it (he says he does not know what such a change would cause).
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Hacking Internet-Connected Trucks and Buses

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  • What do you do? What do you do?

    • I make you read every article in that magazine, including Norman Mailer's latest claptrap about his waning libido.

  • (he says he does not now what such a change would cause).

    If he gets caught, and he and the victim are both in the United States, it might "cause" him to be arrested, tried, and convicted. I'm not sure what for, but there's probably some law he's breaking.

    When it comes to stuff like this, only hack your own hardware or get permission from the "victim" first. ESPECIALLY if you do not know what the effects will be.

    • by Archangel Michael ( 180766 ) on Wednesday March 09, 2016 @01:36PM (#51666757) Journal

      Yeah, because security through obscurity is always the better option!

      How about, you know, making sure your "Internet of things" devices are properly secured, and have regular audits of to ensure they aren't compromised?

      How about suing the manufacturer of the device as "Dangerous"? Can't we do that?

      • In a just, sensible world, of course you could.
        In our current reality, by buying and activating the thing, you will have of course have "accepted" the EULA which absolves them off all responsibility for absolutely anything, up to and including global warming, shooting your dog, raping your kids and the device being equipped with such hilariously poor security that a blind-drunk Neandertal could crack it with a 1980-era Nokia.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Also putting things on the net isn't always a good thing!

  • A small hole not mended in time becomes big hole in no time.
  • obvious (Score:4, Funny)

    by Gravis Zero ( 934156 ) on Wednesday March 09, 2016 @01:38PM (#51666779)

    e.g. change the vehicle's route, or put up a geo-fence for it (he says he does not now what such a change would cause).

    the first use of a geo-fence hack will be used to keep the hacker's in-laws at bay. ;)

  • by evolutionary ( 933064 ) on Wednesday March 09, 2016 @01:40PM (#51666783)
    Anyone for a self-driving car? Imagine the possibilities with ransomware. This was actually predicted in the movie "Superman II".
  • I keep hearing about this, it's old news, why can't I got 3 hours without hearing about Shodan again?? Is this one of the new sponsors or something? Because the rush to get this, spam for lack of a better word, posted has resulted in, like many others, horribly manged posts. Honestly. If it's a paid add, just mark it as such and be honest.
  • s/Bus 720/Lemon party express!!/

  • by NetNed ( 955141 ) on Wednesday March 09, 2016 @01:55PM (#51666889)
    More FUD. The data shown in the article shows only the ignition is controllable buy the TGU, the rest is disconnected. I guess you could fool the unit by saying something is fine when it's not, which could lead to costly repairs. Beyond that, more FUD
  • If you extrapolate the growth in processor speed over time, it's clear that in about 20-30 years AI will be unhackable.

    Therefore, we shouldn't even bother trying to defend against hacking now and just focus on AI.

  • by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Wednesday March 09, 2016 @03:22PM (#51667513) Homepage

    Wow the article is so poorly written it's laughable. Plus they did no fact checking at all.

    no you CANT do what they claim, and only 30 minutes with google would have pointed this out to the article writer... instead they took the word of a kiddie at face value.

  • discover their position, their speed, and so on, as well as to change some of those parameters,

    In other news, did you know that you can hack into someone's computer and discover the movements of their mouse, as well as change them? If you write to /dev/mouse it'll move the physical device around on the desk! Well no, I haven't tried it, that would be irresponsible. But the theoretical things that could cause are very scary!

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