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Hacker shows he can locate, unlock and remote start GM vehicles

Lucas Mearian | July 31, 2015
A security researcher has posted a video on YouTube demonstrating how a device he made can intercept wireless communications to locate, unlock and remotely start GM vehicles that use the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app.

In a statement to Computerworld, GM said it takes matters that affect its customers' safety and security "very seriously."

"GM product cybersecurity representatives have reviewed the potential vulnerability recently identified. In working with the researcher, we moved quickly to secure our back-office system and reduce risk," the company stated. "However, further action is necessary on the RemoteLink app itself. We take all cyber matters seriously and an enhanced RemoteLink app will also be made available in app stores soon to fully mitigate the risk."

Kamkar said he'll be providing additional details about the hack at the upcoming Def Con hacking conference as well as on his YouTube channel and website.

The OnStar RemoteLink app works with Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows mobile devices and has been downloaded by more than 3 million people, according to OnStar's website.


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