UBM's Black Hat event series shows off boundary-pushing information security research.
Unlike true "black hats", the hackers that take the stage expose vulnerabilities and defense research in hopes of better securing the digitally connected devices, infrastructure and yes, even cars, we use every day.
In 2015, two Black Hat speakers presented research on a vulnerability they found in Chrysler's onboard computer system, which allowed them to remotely hack into a Jeep Cherokee. Scary. The vulnerability would allow a malicious actor to disable the brakes and steering while the car was driving down the road.
Black Hat speakers, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller, explain research behind auto vulnerability found in Chrysler’s onboard system
This research unsurprisingly picked up headlines internationally. Ultimately, the research presented at Black Hat led to a recall of 1.4 million Jeeps to address this potentially dangerous flaw in their design.
It was this impactful research that completely changed the game for Chrysler, fixing millions of cars and ultimately made us - the drivers - more secure.
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