Watch a Hacked, Internet-Connected Car Wash Repeatedly Attack a Car

It's the first example showing a connected device being used to physically attack someone.

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Jul 28 2017, 9:01pm

Image: QED Secure Solutions / Whitescope Security

Two security researchers revealed this week how they could hack internet-connected PDQ LaserWash car washes and cause the entryway and exit doors to strike a car to damage a vehicle and possibly injure its inhabitants. They could also close both doors to lock a vehicle and inhabitants inside the wash chamber and cause the mechanical arms that distributes water and wax to strike a vehicle.

It's the first example they're aware of showing a connected device being used to physically attack someone.

The researchers tested their attack on their own pickup truck at a car was in Washington state, with the car wash owner's permission. Although they didn't initially have permission to publish a video they made of the test when we published our story, the car wash has subsequently granted approval.