A group of researchers from CrySys Lab and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics has demonstrated how easily airbags system of an Audi TT can be hacked and disabled. Car hacking is not something new but disabling airbags is really something new. Though, this is not something as massive as recent hacks demonstrated by the researchers but this is something that is probable to happen in reality. The researchers showed how software used for fixing and debugging cars can be exploited to enter into car’s systems. The software is though not sold by the company itself but by third parties. Once the software from the third party is attached to the car (which has to be exploited by the hackers) it transfers the malware in the exploited system to the original car which in return turns off the airbags of the car.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: Pushpa Mishra, Hack Read