Cyber security experts in the United States have hacked into a telematics dongle and used it to take control of a moving vehicle.
Researchers from the University of California at San Diego unveiled their startling finding at the Usenix security conference earlier this week in yet another blow to the security of connected cars.
Using carefully crafted text messages, the researchers were able to transmit commands to the telematics device which were used to stop and disable the brakes of a Corvette, wired.com reported.
“We acquired some of these things, reverse engineered them, and along the way found that they had a whole bunch of security deficiencies,” Stefan Savage, the University of California at San Diego computer security professor who led the project, said of the hack.
Savage confirmed that by accessing the telematics device, they were able to “control just about anything on the vehicle they were connected to.”