Why Artificial Intelligent cars are a BAD idea.
But this picture alone shows me where the hack-able device is, what sensors it is monitoring, I know the operating system that it is running, how to connect to it, and if this device is like EVERY OTHER DEVICE that this company has made, I know how to reset the local admin password.
If I want to setup a test environment, I setup a random account on a burner phone. I schedule a pickup, pull out my screw driver, and take the technology. Once I have the device in my lab, I can monitor how this device does a Phone Home process. I could re-route this command to my own servers & tell the car to accept / execute the commands that I tell it.
If you think that this idea is so far out, that no one would be able to do this??? Well, a group of hackers found the Sim (cell phone) card used for OnStar that has been built into cars for over a decade.
Hard to fix OnStar Hack
They were able to send TEXT messages to that Sim card coded with the commands that OnStar uses in their production to control the car.
These hackers bragged that they had total control over the car, “We basically had complete control of the car except the steering.” Can you imagine adding steering? This would give a remote exploiter to FULL control over the car that you are in. Would you step into that car? I can just see the story that is posted all over Facebook, twitter, CNN, etc. "200 Driver-less cars were used as battering rams on the White House. Iranian Cyber Army is claiming responsibility."
In conclusion, thieves & hackers are determined and intelligent enough to control a driver-less, AI car. Car technicians are not particularly tech savvy. We will have issues with this in the future, and I will be extraordinarily careful around AI cars. I hope that in the future I get the chance to do a PenTest on the newest model of AI car just to see what I can do.
What are your thoughts on this? How would you hack a car? What would you do if you could? Would you decrypt the sim card so you could clone it? Would you hack the phone home location to take over the entire fleet of cars???