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Hyundai Mobile App Exposed Cars to high-tech Thieves

Hyundai had confirmed the bug’s presence and said it moved fast to fix the problem.


Software susceptibilities in a Hyundai Corp application that permits a car to be started remotely made the firm’s vehicles liable to theft from high-tech thieves for 3 months before the corporation fixed the bug in March, a cyber-security company said yesterday.

Hyundai familiarized a fault in a Dec update to the mobile application for its Blue Link allied car software that had created it possible for car thieves to locate the susceptible vehicles, unlock and begin them, said Tod Beardsley, investigation director with cyber security company Rapid7 Inc.

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Hyundai confirmed the bug’s presence and said it moved fast to fix the problem.

Both the firm and Beardsley said they discerned of no cases of car thieves manipulating the susceptibility before Hyundai stripped out a fix to Android and iPhone users in initial March.

“The topic did not have a direct influence on vehicle protection,” said Jim Trainor, a representative for Hyundai Motor America. “The company is not so conscious of any customers being impacted by this perspective susceptibility.”

Bug appeared as the auto trade bolsters exertions to secure vehicles from cyber-attacks, succeeding a high-profile evoke of Fiat Chrysler vehicles in the year 2015 and government warnings about the prospective for car hacks. Risks have increased in recent years as cars have full-grown more complexes, adding features like mobile apps that can detect, unlock and start.

Fiat Chrysler evoked 1.4 million US vehicles after two security investigators proved that they could gain remote control of a Jeep moving at high speeds.

“What has changed is not just the existence of that hackable software, but the size and variability of remote attack surfaces added to latest vehicles,” said Josh Corman, the director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative.

The Blue Link bug is not as terrifying as the ones uncovered in the Fiat Chrysler vehicles. Roving vehicles are not susceptible to attacks using the Blue Link app, and a hacker would have to be close the target vehicle of an owner using the mobile app through an insecure WiFi connection, Beardsley stated.

General Motors Co’s mended a similar bug in its OnStar vehicle communication system in the year 2015 that had the perspective to let hackers break into cars.


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