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The Car Hacker's Handbook
New book exposes vulnerabilities in modern vehicle systems

The Car Hacker's Handbook

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San Francisco, CA (February 26, 2016)—Modern vehicles can be attacked in countless ways—attackers can remotely stop moving cars, open locked doors, and even take control of the steering. Connected cars are becoming increasingly intelligent, but their security is too often an afterthought.

The Car Hacker's Handbook (No Starch Press, $49.95, 304 pp., March 2016) is the first book of its kind to take an in-depth look at the computer-based systems in modern cars that make them vulnerable to attack and exploitation.

Some of the topics addressed include how-to:

  • Write Metasploit payloads to attack the infotainment system and take control of a vehicle’s engine, steering, brakes, temperature control, door locks, and much more
  • Reverse engineer the CAN bus—the network that communicates critical information like braking, RPM, and door locking
  • Hack the ECU (engine control unit) to access or modify it
  • Feed exploits to a vehicle through vehicle-to-vehicle communication systems
  • Override factory settings to improve engine performance

The Car Hacker's Handbook is a technical guide for anyone interested in cybersecurity or modifying vehicles, and a wake-up call for car manufacturers. According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “I’m excited to release this book because the topic affects all of us. Modern cars are basically unprotected networks that weigh thousands of pounds and travel at 80 mph. And the attack surface is astounding.”

Author Craig Smith explains the importance of car hacking this way: “Car hacking allows you to assess the security risks of the vehicle you and your family ride in every day. The information in my book can be used to understand the undocumented inner workings of modern vehicles and communicate your findings with car manufacturers, which will make us all more secure.”

The Car Hacker's Handbook will be available online and in fine bookstores everywhere this March.

Craig Smith is available for print, TV, or radio interviews upon request


About the Author

Craig Smith runs Theia Labs, a research firm that focuses on security auditing and building hardware and software prototypes. He has worked for several auto manufacturers and provided them with his public research. He is also a founder of the Hive13 hackerspace and Smith is a frequent speaker on car hacking and has run workshops at RSA, DEF CON, and other major security conferences.

The Car Hacker's Handbook The Car Hacker's Handbook
Publisher: No Starch Press
Author: Craig Smith
ISBN: 978-1-59327-703-1 (print)
Price: $49.95
Publication Date: March 2016
Specs: 304 pp.
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