In our latest podcast, Paul caught up with Sick Codes (@sickcodes) to talk about his now-legendary presentation at the DEF CON Conference in Las Vegas, in which he demonstrated a hack that ran the Doom first person shooter on a John Deere 4240 touch-screen monitor.
A researcher presented the results of a year-long effort to reverse engineer John Deere hardware to run a version of the DOOM first person shooter. He also discovered a number of security flaws along the way.
The good news? John Deere bricked expensive farm equipment taken by thieving Russian troops. The bad news: those same remote access features could be used to launch crippling, large scale attacks on US farms.
A demonstration at DEF CON of glaring flaws in software by agricultural equipment giants John Deere and Case IH raise the specter of remote, software-based attacks that could cripple farms and impact US food production.
Software vulnerabilities in web sites operated by John Deere could allow a remote attacker to harvest information on the company’s customers including their names, physical addresses and the equipment they own. The revelation suggests the U.S. agriculture sector is woefully unprepared for disruptive cyber attacks, experts warn.