Hack your car with PASTA
For $28,300, consumers can now purchase PASTA (Portable Automotive Security Testbed). Created by Toyota, PASTA is an open-source testing platform that checks a car’s vulnerability to hacking. Dark Reading reported researchers can use the testbed to study how a car’s ECUs (engine control units) operate, as well as how elements of the vehicle communicate with each other. In addition to offering the sophisticated tool to consumers, Toyota believes there is an industry application to PASTA where other carmakers can use it in their own research and development. The tool is designed to simulate attacks and to test for other vulnerabilities and exploits, but not for hacking the vehicle while it is moving. PASTA is housed in a stainless steel briefcase, included in the price tag.