Hack Attack: Yep, Your Car’s Brakes Can be Hacked

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(CNN MONEY) — Ok, this is scary. First computers, then cell phones… now hackers could slam on your car’s brakes!

It makes sense, though. Modern cars are increasingly controlled by computers. And as we said — where there are computers, there are hackers.

A report shared exclusively with CNNMoney shows the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, 2015 Cadillac Escalade and 2014 Toyota Prius were the most ‘hackable’ of 20 car models reviewed by automotive security researchers.

car brake hackers

The problem? The cars’ apps, Bluetooth and telematics — which connects the car to a cellular network like OnStar — are on the same network as the engine controls, steering, brakes and tire pressure monitor system.

“Once they have code running on the Bluetooth computer [in your car], they can then do things like send out messages to tell the other components of the car to do stuff, like engage the brakes,” security researcher Charlie Miller said.


The 2014 Dodge Viper and 2014 Audi A8 were the least hackable.