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Looks Like Cars Will Need Digital Firewalls Soon

The tire pressure monitors built into modern cars have been shown to be insecure by researchers from Rutgers University and the University of South Carolina. The wireless sensors, compulsory in new automobiles in the US since 2008, can be used to track vehicles or feed bad data to the electronic control units (ECU), causing them to malfunction.

Cars hacked through wireless tire sensors [ArsTechnica]

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  • Published 08/11/10

Comments (1)

  1. bobro

    woo hoo might explain why i needed 2 tire replacements and 5 trips to the garage in the first month of owning a brand spanking new BMW! its been fine since and i give my tires death!!! i do have a worrying feeling they might have tampered with the sencors?!!

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