Watch as professional hackers take control of a Corvette

Watch just how easy it is for hackers to take control

Hackers have shown just how easy it is to use a device to remotely take control of a car.

This video demonstrates just how easy it was for Ian Foster and Andrew Prudhomme of the University of California, San Diego, to take over a Chevrolet Corvette. It was used a part of a presentation of their findings at a conference in Washington D.C.

As well as being able to break into the car, they were able to operate the windscreen wipers as well as remotely activate or deactivate the car's brakes.

The researchers used an aftermarket telematics unit that is often used to monitor a driver's habits in order to lower insurance premiums. However, these units, which plug into the car's on board diagnostic ports, gives hackers an even easier job when breaking into a vehicle.

These findings come in the wake of other manufacturers discovering that their cars were remotely accessible by hackers. Fiat-Chrysler recalled 1.4 million vehicles for emergency security software updates after it was found that hackers could gain access via its in-dash entertainment system.

Watch the hackers gain control in the video below.