Slide Show: The Coolest Hacks Of 2013A look back at some of the year's most extreme, creative, and -- in some cases -- just plain bizarre hacks by security researchers
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There was plenty of nervous laughter at DEF CON this summer when renowned researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek showed how they were able to hack the electronics of the 2010 Toyota Prius and Ford Escape to override the cars' smart steering, braking, acceleration, engine, and other features. The researchers, who had no experience with car electronics prior to their dismantling the dashboards and figuring out the car's networks, released the tools they built that allowed them to jerk the steering wheel out of the driver's control and to disable the brakes.
Source: Miller and Valasek whitepaper
Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio
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