Thursday, June 20, 2002

Hack your car: Modern automobiles have so many microchip-driven systems that hackers are having a field day. According to the article,
Automotive-minded hackers have taken up the challenge of deciphering factories' proprietary protocols and codes. They've built connectors that go from the vehicles' jacks to PC ports. They've written software that decodes the messages from the controllers and turns them into on-screen readings of RPM, throttle position, air sensor data, and much more. None of this thrills manufacturers, since they'd rather sell those diagnostic computers and keep them in the hands of factory-trained mechanics. I guess they've never heard of the hacker ethic.
(Via Plastic.)