As per reported by Engadget, the researchers from the University of California at San Diego claim to have a technique by which they can wirelessly hack into thousands of vehicles. By sending SMS messages to a dongle, a 2-inch device that plugs into the dashboards of many cars and trucks, used to track speed and location, researchers are able to send commands to a vehicle’s CAN bus-the system that controls a vehicle’s physical driving components. They can access a vehicle’s windshield wipers, turn signals, and even the brake system.
The project is headed by UCSD computer security professor Stefan Savage. He said,
We acquired some of these things, reverse-engineered them, [...]