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Video: Hackers Expose Security Flaws in Cars and Guns

The shadow of an attendee is cast on a screen during the Black Hat conference Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Las Vegas.

The shadow of an attendee is cast on a screen during the Black Hat conference Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. // John Locher/AP

The Black Hat hacker conference took place this week in Las Vegas, during which cybersecurity researchers revealed security vulnerabilities in devices like Android phones. 

But phones are not the only devices hackers are interested in, as more everyday items connect to the Internet. Today, some cars and firearms are powered by the Internet -- which could have a deadly outcome. 

Researchers discovered hackers can tap into Chrysler's car entertainment systems wirelessly to send commands to Jeep Liberties and mess with the steering wheel, brakes and even the engine.

GM's cars are also vulnerable to hacks through its OnStar system. With a simple device placed surreptitiously on the back bumper, hackers can access the same controls of the OnStar app the driver has access to, including getting an exact location of the vehicle with GPS, unlocking the doors and starting the engine.

Meanwhile, another set of researchers discovered hackers can access the TrackingPoint Internet-connected rifle and change settings to ensure the bullet will miss the intended target.

Scary, huh? The companies behind the products have been notified, however, and are rolling out solutions to these vulnerabilities. 

Learn more in the video below, from CNET

By Caitlin Fairchild August 7, 2015

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