‘The Car Hacker’s Handbook’

Along with you and your passengers, there is something else riding along in your vehicle. It’s a powerful computer and in short, that means your car or SUV can be hacked. It’s possible, but don’t be too alarmed that hackers can remotely stop moving cars, open your locked doors and even steer your vehicle. Connected cars are a great idea, but there are some dangers for car drivers to consider.

Enter The Car Hacker’s Handbook, from No Starch Press, as the first book to actually call out the dangers that lurk in modern connected cars. Yes, you car can be hacked!

Says 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.”

The Car Hacker’s Handbook is not just a technical guide for car enthusiasts and those with an interest in the complicated world of cybersecurity. If you work on, or modify cars, this book could be your Bible. For years, car manufacturers have been lax on talking about car security, so “The Handbook” brings this all out into the open. With chapters covering everything from diagnostics to embedded systems to how your vehicle can be “attacked,” this guide is comprehensive and complete. This book is well organized and a call out to automakers and consumers.

The author, Craig Smith has worked for several auto makers over the years and has provided them with public research. He is uniquely qualified to be the author of this manual coming from Hive13 hackerspace and OpenGarages.org. He has spoken many times on “car hacking” and has put on workshops at RSA, DEF CON, and various security conferences.

“Car hacking allows you to assess the security risks of the vehicle you and your family ride in every day,” adds Smith. “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.”

Protect yourself and your car with The Car Hacker’s Handbook. Smith has done his homework and goes into great detail on the dangers facing your car when it’s on the road or even parked in your garage. This book can be a great reference tool or even a spring or summer read. Smith doesn’t set out to be an alarmist, but this book really makes you think.

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