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As an auto-hacking antidote, the bill couldn’t be timelier.
The attack tools Miller and Valasek developed can remotely trigger more than the dashboard and transmission tricks they used against me on the highway.
(Photo © Whitney Curtis for WIRED.com)As the two hackers remotely toyed with the air-conditioning, radio, and windshield wipers, I mentally congratulated myself on my courage under pressure. This occurred just as I reached a long overpass, with no shoulder to offer an escape. At that point, the interstate began to slope upward, so the Jeep lost more momentum and barely crept forward.
Cars lined up behind my bumper before passing me, honking.
The most disturbing maneuver came when they cut the Jeep's brakes, leaving me frantically pumping the pedal as the 2-ton SUV slid uncontrollably into a ditch.
The researchers say they're working on perfecting their steering control—for now they can only hijack the wheel when the Jeep is in reverse.
I followed Miller's advice: I didn't panic.
In the summer of 2013, I drove a Ford Escape and a Toyota Prius around a South Bend, Indiana, parking lot while they sat in the backseat with their laptops, cackling as they disabled my brakes, honked the horn, jerked the seat belt, and commandeered the steering wheel.Miller and Valasek plan to publish a portion of their exploit on the Internet, timed to a talk they're giving at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas next month.It’s the latest in a series of revelations from the two hackers that have spooked the automotive industry and even helped to inspire legislation; WIRED has learned that senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal plan to introduce an automotive security bill today to set new digital security standards for cars and trucks, first sparked when Markey took note of Miller and Valasek’s work in 2013.Instead, they merely assured me that they wouldn't do anything life-threatening.Then they told me to drive the Jeep onto the highway.