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In this Feb. 9, 2010, photo, master diagnostic technician Kurt Juergens, of Foxborough, Mass., uses a laptop computer to diagnose and repair the brake system on a 2010 Toyota Prius. (AP photo)

Hackers find weaknesses in car computer systems

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By Tom Krisher

DETROIT — As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what’s to stop a hacker from taking over yours?

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In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car’s brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.

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