Hopefully you know who Micheal Hastings is, and why it's important to question the circumstances surrounding his death.
Hastings drove a Mercedes C-Class from the reports.
This vehicle has the potential to be control remotely.
"Remote attacks to hack and set cars to self-destruct?
By Darlene Storm
August 21, 2012 2:32 PM EDT
Automobiles are already considered "computers on wheels" by security experts. Vehicles are filled with dozens of tiny computers known as electronic control units, or ECUs, that require tens of millions of lines of computer code to manage interconnected systems including engines, brakes and navigation as well as lighting, ventilation and entertainment.
Concerns about such possibilities emerged after a group of computer scientists from the University of California and the University of Washington published two landmark research papers that showed computer viruses can infect cars and cause them to crash, potentially harming passengers.
In addition to designing viruses to harm passengers in infected vehicles, the academics were able to remotely eavesdrop on conversations inside cars, a technique that could be of use to corporate and government spies.
The research group disbanded after publishing two technical papers, in May 2010 and August 2011, that describe multiple types of attacks and ways to infect cars using Bluetooth systems, wireless networks as well as the car's OnBoard Diagnostics port, which is also known as an OBD-II port."
"Hackers Find Ways to Remotely Control Cars, Terror to Ensue
By Ryan Fleming — May 19, 2010
The university researchers were testing to see how tight security of computers inside of cars are, and the answer is that there is hardly any security at all. The researchers needed to have a physical connection to initially access the car’s Engine Control Unit (ECU). Once they do have that access, they can control the entire operations of the car wirelessly, and tell the car to ignore the driver’s input.
Evidently the MB C-Class can steer, accelerate, and stop by it's self:
"Driving assists, to go with the flow
The optional Lane Tracking Package makes driving more secure on multi-lane roadways. Blind Spot Assist can help alert you to unseen vehicles in the adjacent lane, while Lane Keeping Assist helps to warn you if you're drifting out of your lane. New for 2013, the Driver Assistance Package adds active technology to these systems that can help guide your car back into its own lane, as well as DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control[/b] with [b]PRE-SAFE® Brake."
For a full technical breakdown of the systems and potential vulnerabilities, check out this website:
There's a pdf titled:
Comprehensive Experimental Analyses of Automotive Attack Surfaces
Keep in mind this information is a few years old, which is a lifetime in I.T.
Given the fact that the C Class now lets the ecu control the steering, acceleration, as well as braking...
What do you think duders?