"War-texting" demoed by stealing a Subaru Outback with an Android phone

Don Bailey and Matthew Solnik from iSec Partners demonstrated how to break into a car, hacking into its remote control system via text messages.

Their research was demoed at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, and they unlocked a Subaru Outback and started the engine from afar using an Android handset and the so-called 'war texting'. You need to set your own GSM network around the car for that, and then intercept the password authentication text messages between the server and the car, all in the span of a few hours.

Actually the researchers are not worried about breaking in cars, "Gone in 60 seconds"-style, but rather that the same remote control systems with text messaging updates are in traffic lights and security cameras, as well as the power grid and water supply infrastructure. If anyone with skills, an Android handset and some relatively inexpensive wireless network equipment can hack into the remote control system of popular car brands, what's to stop someone from doing it on a grander scale, they argued.

"I could care less if I could unlock a car door. It's cool. It's sexy. But the same system is used to control phone, power, traffic systems. I think that's the real threat.", said Don Bailey for CNN.

source: TGDaily via Engadget



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oooooohh.. Android for ninja-spy-agents!! :)

2. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

It's COULDN'T care less... If you could care less, then you care to some degree. If you could not care less, then you care so little that you've hit the very bottom of the care scale. He doesn't understand grammar, yet he works for CNN?!


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

i have wondered if it could this could be accomplished for a long time now!! soo it can!! pretty cool, hhm i would like to try it on my truck now

4. yeaah boy unregistered

id like to try it on your truck too

5. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Didn't we see this in "The Italian Job" (the new one) where "Napster" was able to control all of the traffic lights?

6. 007 unregistered

:O so james bond does exist!, now to start crossing out the other 3685 inexplicable gadgets :/

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.