A Bitter Story of Aftermarket Vehicle Tracking & Control

Presented at Kiwicon 9: Cyberwar Is Hell (2015), Dec. 11, 2015, 2:45 p.m. (15 minutes)

It's a dreary morning in the windy city with subpar transport from your location. You walk into the electronics store after purchasing your 3 owner Nissan Pulsar, they say money talks, but on your budget, maybe not so much. You smile glumly to the 20-something university engineering student working part-time for a probably distant future in the same dead-end job. Something about ""GPS"" and ""Car Tracking"" you say to him, as if it's some alternative to the insurance you're going to get later anyway, or maybe it's just the personal paranoia of living in a lower-middle class suburb that you feel the need to abide to. You arrive home with a suspiciously cheap looking device that you attempt to wire into your Pulsar to some success, letting you now track it's location on a website and turn off the starter motor at your will with a text message from your phone, and perhaps some other things too. ""Was it really worth the $200 you just spent?"", you think to yourself, vaguely recalling a drunken conversation at the pub, about how you could get the same thing off some online chinese store for a tenth of the price. This story and it's many, many, similar counterparts, are part of something more sinister, and something much worse than the face value of the devices and services offered. Suffice to say, if you've fallen prey to one of these devices, you should attend this talk."



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