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GM OwnStar: Another auto hack

by David Zatz on

Even as Audi announced the use of connected Android tablets for rear-seat occupants, Reuters wrote about another security breach into automotive systems.

Security researcher Samy Kamkar was able to break into OnStar’s system that finds, unlocks, and remote-starts cars. While less dangerous than being able to apply the parking brakes or alter other systems, the hack is a telling sign of vulnerability.

onstarGM said that they had already implemented a fix, but Mr. Kamkar said they have not.

In related news, Chrysler told dealers that they had 0.6 hours to accomplish each UConnect security update, plus another 0.2 hours to create each of four USB drives to upgrade the systems. The upgrade seems to work the same way for customers as for dealers.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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