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    Hacking a hotrod

    As a hacker, I felt it entirely natural to begin to attempt to encapsulate, measure, and then control reality with software. (For what I mean by the word "hack," see ~esr/ jargon/html/entry/hacker.html:. To interact with a computer in a playful and exploratory rather than goal-directed way. 'Whatcha up to?' 'Oh, just hacking.' " Criminals need to get themselves another word, we had it first.)

    I reasoned: "I'll stick a monitor on the network, capture the messages, and reverse-engineer any protocol for which I can't find the documentation." And I told them so. They stared at me as though I'd just showed them a mouthful of partially chewed black beetles (a phrase I originally heard from a colleague, Gordon Hay). For the client engineers, software was just another control mechanism, like a cam. Here's the brief version of the rest of the conversation.

    "No," they said, "You wouldn't be able to hack the car."


    (! is good! )

    And for the SKs out there:


    The open-source revolution

    Modern-day ECU systems based on flash memory, such as the Apex'i Power FC

    and the AEM

    programmable engine management system, are like the Linux operating system of cars: They let car owners tweak and tune their ECU.

    The Power FCcomes with an open-source operating system, which drivers can access through an optional handheld Commander unit. The Commander lets drivers use a simple keypad to access every function controlled by the factory ECU, including the ignition, fuel, and boost maps, the air conditioning, and the power steering. If the ECU controls it, the Power FC lets the driver tune it.

    Installing the Power FC takes about five minutes and involves little more than disconnecting the wiring harness from the factory ECU and plugging it into the Power FC box. Although the factory ECU can then be removed and stored on a shelf to collect dust, many owners zip-tie or tape the Power FC on top of the factory ECU so they can easily unplug the harness from one and plug it into the other. If the car experiences trouble or needs to go back to the dealership, there'll be no evidence that anything had been tampered with. And if the driver sells the car, he or she can easily remove the Power FC, leaving the car as stock as the day it was purchased.
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    excuse me for not commenting much right now, my two brain cells are in need of recharging.. but good info.

    if only my mechanic could read..

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    AO Curmudgeon rcgreen's Avatar
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    I think my car has a trojan. The ashtray keeps opening by itself.
    I came in to the world with nothing. I still have most of it.

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    I think my car has a trojan. The ashtray keeps opening by itself.
    You lucky bastard, mine always tends to drive away...
    The above sentences are produced by the propaganda and indoctrination of people manipulating my mind since 1987, hence, I cannot be held responsible for this post\'s content - me

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    Originally posted here by el-half
    You lucky bastard, mine always tends to drive away...
    Well your both lucky, my car got defaced by some "SKID-KIDDIES".
    So now i had to install all the latest Security Updates, so next time i'll cath 'em red handed..


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    AO übergeek phishphreek's Avatar
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    Well your both lucky, my car got defaced by some "SKID-KIDDIES".
    heh... that happened to my grandparents car... they let one of their grandchildren borrow it (not me)... and it came back all spray painted up... They wern't even pissed... I was plenty pissed for them... how much more disrespectful can you get? They let you live with them, borrow their car, and you paint all over it with black and red spray paint! Some nerve... they'd be out on their ass if it was me... </rant>
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