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Jeep Hackers Back at Black Hat With New and Scarier Method

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A pair of well-known hackers has found another way to take control of a Jeep Cherokee — this time while it’s moving at high speed.

Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek grabbed headlines last year by showing how they could kill a Jeep’s engine while it was traveling down a highway.

At the Black Hat hacker conference on Thursday the pair demonstrated how they could again take control of the Jeep Cherokee, this time by sending false messages to its internal network.

That allowed them to do new — and scarier — things, such as making the vehicle turn sharply while it was speeding down a country road. The pair’s previous hack only allowed them to control the Jeep Cherokee’s steering if it was moving at less than 5 mph.

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