Charlie Miller

Charlie Miller, this time hacking into the steering wheel of a Ford Escape.
(Courtesy Charlie Miller)

Hear our conversation with Miller here.

On a widely-shared video and article at Wired, a driver cruises down I-64 in a Jeep Cherokee. His air conditioning starts blasting — “I didn’t do that,” he says, half-smiling — and then the radio booms. “Perfect.” He nods in a perplexed sort of way. Wiper fluid shoots out — the wipers go nuts. He tries to shout over Kanye West: “I can’t see anything!”

Charlie Miller, this time hacking into the steering wheel of a Ford Escape.
(Courtesy Charlie Miller)

There’s tech in your car and tech in your phone. Internet connections in your Xbox and your printer. Convenient. But also a potential conduit to breach your security.

A person with the know-how can even remotely hack into your steering wheel. With his research partner Chris Xavier, Charlie Miller of Wildwood, Mo. recently revealed this vulnerability in cars as part of an enterprise in what he calls "white hat" or "ethical" hacking.