Cell phone manufacturers are getting better and better at making it impossible. No one's been able to root the AT&T variants of the Samsung S5/6/7 yet (which is why I'm still using my S4). Cell phones have the advantage of being... well, phones, and constantly being connected to towers, and there's a lot of security that can be reinforced that way. But suffice it to say, if cell phones have become nearly impossible to root as a nuisance, cars will certainly become unrootable by necessity.Wonder if they will attempt to apply this to normal "jailbreaking" type activities of car systems? all kinds of fun things to do with your Ford Sync system if you give it root access. Ford hates this ability and i wonder if they would try to go after owners who have done this to their own vehicles? that would be a huge leap from the intent but not far fetched at all....
There were reasons why the water faucets and toilets were operated manually and why Adama would not allow the school teacher to setup some networked computers aboard the Galactica.Cars need a completely isolated WIRED(no wireless) network for their electronics. If its an isolated network, its not a problem.
Once you start mixing in regular wifi with the cars internal system, you have a problem.
but not with as hards of penalties. if some asshole put the breaks on mid highway, and no one died, he'd get off fairly lightly considering the potential harm, this just makes it a life sentence.Math Geek :the supreme court ruled years ago that jailbreaking and rooting were perfectly legal activities so at least that part is covered. i am pretty sure the courts cited this when ford tried suing someone for hacking into it's sync system. that was thrown out last year i think it was. but this new law sure smells kind of funny to me. they do like to use a legitimate problem to spur a law that will be misused in a number of ways not intended when it was written.
clearly taking over a car and crashing it or causing whatever other mayhem needs to be accounted for and should be illegal but this should be worded right to ensure simply rooting an infotainment system is not included
It's already illegal.
I think you missed the point... the maximum sentence will not be for stealing. Acquiring control of a car's electronics could be used to kill someone. So it's not equating car-hacking to stealing but more likely to sabotage, which could be considered a serious security threat or even terrorism. Imagine what would happen if, for instance, someone wirelessly disabled the brakes on several dozen cars as they rushed through an interstate...So hack the keyless ignition system, go to jail for life. Hot-wire the thing the low tech way, go to jail for a few years. That won't hold up on appeal nor a trip to the Supreme Court.
That said. Lets go old school with this. The punishment for gaining unauthorized control of a horse was hanging. Lets apply that to car thieves among others.
Biofuel hackers are not paying their taxes. Not paying the King his due is much worse than 1 pleb murder another pleb.I think the true intent of this law would be if say you wanted to convert the fuel to flex, or biofuel. Cars are intentionally programmed to be less efficient or unable to accept the modifications required to run on alternative fuels. Lawmakers wasted no time in making this a Federal offense, as soon as these biofuels hackers started sprouting up. Michigan is just upping the ante.
This has ZERO to do with your safety.