Wired’s highway Jeep-hacking stunt was an amazing story, but a terrible idea

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Wired published a blockbuster story Tuesday about security researchers remotely hacking a Jeep Cherokee driven by reporter Andy Greenberg.

Taking advantage of a vulnerability in the car’s UConnect “in-vehicle connectivity system,” the hackers were able to take control of parts of the car, turning the AC to full blast, pumping up the volume on the radio, and spraying the windshield with washing fluid. “I can’t see,” complained Greenberg in a video accompanying the story. At the time, he was driving 70 mph on a highway in St. Louis.

And then it got worse. Researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who have been trying to bring attention to security vulnerabilities in cars for years now, turned off the acceleration so that the Jeep slowed dramatically. Greenberg, who had given Miller and Valasek permission to hack him but who had been assured “it wouldn’t be life-threatening,” gets visibly distressed, telling them via iPhone, “This is fucking…

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