HACKING FLEET TRUCKS * USA: Any idiot can start it in 30 seconds
* Oklahoma - There's a Windows PC helping control fleet trucks
--- Got access to a freight truck? Probably not, but in case you do, have a look at the telematics system on board. That’s the computer-looking thing attached to the dash. It’ll be running a special version of Microsoft Windows. Now, poke around the side and see if you can peel away a plastic panel to reveal an SD card slot. Plug in your own SD card, maybe running some malware. Turn on the system and watch as it runs whatever programs you have on there without even questioning what you’re doing. Ta-da! You just started hacking a truck in 30 seconds. (Obviously don’t do this, it’s highly illegal and dangerous)... This is just one of many security problems found in America’s freight fleets in recent months by DARPA-funded researchers Andrew and James (they preferred to keep their family names private). As part of their work, they’ve created what they believe is the first ever rootkit (a kind of malware that has almost complete control of the victim system) designed for trucks. During a demo, in a somewhat messy hotel room, they showed how they could cut a truck’s maximum speed to 30mph and hide what it’s doing from the driver; heavy-lifting automobiles are, fortunately, smart enough to not allow any setting below that... That’s not as dramatic as, say, hacking and killing the brakes, but imagine wiping out a whole business’ fleet. If so inclined, you could download the rootkit to that telematics system via the SD card – a hack they called the Evil Lot Lizard, named after ladies of the night who sell services at truck stops – and have the malware uploaded to computers controlling the trucks. That could then disseminate the malicious software to every other fleet vehicle, crippling them all. “Imagine shutting down Walmart,” said Andrew. “There’s very little security on trucks and it’s terrifying” ... So if hacking trucks is seemingly more straightforward than with cars, how likely is it a remote attack on the larger vehicle possible? “I’d say about 95 per cent certain,” James said...
(Photo: Tulsa academics claim trucks are terrifyingly easy to hack. They’ve released a $100 tool that anyone can use to test the security, or lack thereof, of rigs) -- Tulsa, OK, USA - FORBES, by Thomas Fox-Brewster - Aug 5, 2016