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OnStar can be hacked to take over your car

OnStar can be hacked to take over your car
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A hacker can exploit a security flaw in your OnStar system to locate, unlock or remote-start your car. This news comes very soon after we found out that hackers could gain complete control of hundreds of thousands of Chrysler and Jeep vehicles.

On Thursday, July 30, good-guy hacker Samy Kamkar announced to the world that he'd hacked General Motors OnStar systems. He said he was able to compromise OnStar and control certain functions of the vehicles with a method he calls "OwnStar."

"OwnStar" intercepts transmissions between the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar service. More than 3 million people have downloaded the RemoteLink app.

General Motors says it has implemented a fix for the security flaw, but Kamkar says its fix doesn't stop his hack.

Regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have discussed the matter with GM. Kamkar plans to elaborate on the OnStar vulnerability at the Def Con security conference in Las Vegas, which takes place August 6-9.

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Source: Reuters
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