Home » Uncategorized » Mp3 Trojan Successfully Hacks 2009 Car Computer

Mp3 Trojan Successfully Hacks 2009 Car Computer

We always knew this day would come. And now, it’s been proven: Cars are susceptible to malware.

Teams at the UCSD and the University of Washington have managed to hack into an unspecified 2009 vehicle using a trojan virus hidden in an Mp3 disc inserted into the audio deck. The virus allegedly altered the car stereo’s firmware creating an entry point to other components of the vehicle.

The researchers were then able to gather information such as GPS data and the Vehicle Identification Number – and were even able to control the locks, brakes and engine remotely.

The hack isn’t likely to be taken advantage of on a large scale given that different models of stereos and cars have specialized firmware.

But the implications are huge: Now that people know it can be done, I’ll be surprised if they don’t do it.

[via Boing Boing]

(Photo: Even technology needs it, a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (2.0) image from pnglife’s photostream)

About Raggy Jin

Check Also


Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.


Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.


Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games


Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...


Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.


No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.

  • Ndojnex

    Interesting since no Lexus in 2009 came with a cassette player…. This looks more like a 99-00 vehicle but nice try.

    • http://twitter.com/colin_edgar Colin Edgar

      interesting that you assume the picture is of the vehicle being referred to.

    • yup yup

      Lexus offered cassette players until 2010.

    • http://www.mobilemag.com/ Mobile Magazine

      Our apologies for the confusion, its meant to be an editorial aid not necessarily of the vehicle that was hacked.

  • http://twitter.com/RyanReggio Ryan Reggio

    super lawls u-dub in partnership with some random other school managed to make a mp3 trojan that rooted a 2009 car computer. it allowed access to the cars other systems effectivly making it a remote control car…

  • Alexrobertson1991

    its fucks like you that spread it all over the internet so people know about it. interesting though lol

    • Mr Dc0de

      Should it be kept hidden, so only those who know can hack your car? Or would you rather it be brought to the public eye, so that the Auto Manufacturers, and ALL OTHER areas of industry that are “computerizing” can take notice? This is how we grow as a culture, by learning from our mistakes. This is simply an article that exposes a mistake. It doesn’t point fingers at one company, but a failing of the industries to take notice of the issues with computerizing systems without having someone look at it for flaws.

      Consider this a Public Service Announcement. Or just go bury your head in the sand.