Even Automated Car Washes Are Getting Hacked Now

  08/04/2017


In an ever-increasing automated world, the risk of hacking just keeps getting worse. MotorAuthority reported that a group of security researchers have identified multiple vulnerabilities in automatic car wash systems, specifically in PDQ LaserWash units. The laser units are popular because it's an automated system that doesn't require any attendants to be on site and the entire operation is carried out via software over a built-in web server.

The researchers found that they were easily able to bypass passwords and break into the system to create a command in the program that will make the exit door hit the car as it’s leaving the car wash. The researchers also found that hackers could potentially gain control over the mechanical arms in the car wash and make it impossible for someone to flee from the wash bay. The researchers are planning to submit their findings to the Department of Homeland Security soon.

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