GM’s OnStar App Can Be Hacked to Unlock and Start Vehicles
Samy Kamkar announced in a video on Thursday that the OnStar application for General Motors cars was not safe. He said he had figured out how to hack the app to unlock and start random vehicles. All of this was meant to advise drivers not to use the app.
Kamkar will be giving more in-depth information on the hack at next week’s Def Con conference in Las Vegas. In the meantime, anyone who uses the app would be advised to stop until the company updates it with new security measures.
According to OnStar, more than 3 million people are currently using the application. If the exploit were to reach even a portion of this massive user base, it could be very bad for OnStar and GM. It would seem that if the exploit can be used to start up a vehicle, it should also be able to shut it down and give it other commands.
Chrysler-Fiat recently had to conduct a recall where they have released updates to their onboard computer systems. This is after it was revealed that hackers were able to shut down the vehicles while in motion. At the time of writing, GM had not issued any recall of its vehicles due to issues with OnStar. Hacked will follow the story closely.
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