In a Treasury of Ill-Conceived Ideas. . .

. . . this has got to be one of the worst:

Lauren Weinstein’s Blog: Stalling Cars Via OnStar: A Hacker’s Dream Come True?

Greetings. Ready to turn over the keys of your vehicle to the cops, or that clever hacker in the next lane? How about that creepy guy following you on a lonely country road? GM apparently plans to perhaps make this all possible. It’s been announced that they’ll be equipping nearly two million of their 2009 model vehicles (that have OnStar installed), with the capability to be remotely shut down to idle via OnStar commands at the request of law enforcement.

If you’re wondering why this is a bad idea – if your wondering why we shouldn’t trust the auto industry to create something that is safe and reliable – ask the motion picture industry how well that encryption on DVDs worked out for them.  Or better yet, find a documentary on the subject on DVD, then take it home and copy it with the DVD-RW that came standard on your PC.

What can be used by one person to gain access to a thing can be used by others as easily, just remember that.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.