Good news, everyone! Now you can take control of your friend's car with an NES controller. Okay, it's not quite as simple as it seems, but a pair of security experts working for DARPA have discovered a way to take total control of a vehicle via a laptop and NES controller. With the laptop plugged into the vehicle's diagnostic port, they were able to start and stop the engine, as well as steer the vehicle with the NES controller.
Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are the evil geniuses behind the hack, and they will be revealing more of their hacking prowess, as well as plenty of security concerns, next month at Defcon in Las Vegas. DARPA hired the pair to discover just how vulnerable the average car is to being hacked today. And with cars becoming steadily more computerized, the answer is apparently "very".
For those out there thinking that this might be a fun and clever DIY thing to try, be warned: Miller and Valasek bricked a fair few cars before they got their technique right. They're also not about to publish how you can do it on any public forums out there, and the system of taking control of a vehicle is unique to the make and model you're trying to take over. That being said, we'd still prefer it wasn't possible to take over a car's controls.
Via BBC News