Hackers could have stolen your Hyundai car using a now-patched smartphone app vulnerability

Hackers could have stolen your Hyundai car using a now-patched smartphone app vulnerability
South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai has offered its MyHyundai app for a number of years now, with its Blue Link functionality letting users remotely locate, unlock, and even start their car from both their smartphone and Android Wear-powered watch. Researchers from cyber security firm Rapid7, however, discovered that an early December update to the app expanded those features to not just the car's owner, but everyone, thanks to a now-patched exploit.

A Hyundai spokesperson claimed that there are no confirmed cases of the bug being exploited in the wild, but in any case the news should still be of concern to users of smart vehicles of any kind. As Reuters points out, this is just yet another in a string of similar cases, such as the 2015 Fiat Chrysler recall following the discovery of a hack enabling third parties to remotely control vehicles.

Blue Link, fortunately, lacks the ability to control a moving car, and the exploit in question also required proximity to a user of the vulnerable app version. Still, as the time passes and almost every IoT gadget inevitably gets hacked, it's getting ever more apparent that not everything we own should necessarily be smart, particularly so when the object in question costs thousands of dollars.

source: Reuters

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11 Comments

1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Why would you need an app for a car? Call me old fashion but I dislike car with too much electronic because they are prone to failure. I would hate it that one day my car manufacturer could remotely disable my vehicle due to third parties repair part detected.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

More electronics, more driving distractions.

3. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That would be Apple car

7. jgheld

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

Because I can start my car from the train on the way home and have it warm/cool by the time the train arrives.

9. Zylam

Posts: 1807; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Or have it stolen when you arrive?

11. jgheld

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

Which is more easily stolen: A car from the 80s with little electronics, or a car that has a constant GPS signal link and a remote engine kill with a keyless entry?

4. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Another reason why technology has its flaws................and that people are too lazy to walk to their cars and unlock it themselves

5. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Didn't you see this commercial tho? The guy was on vacation and forgot to lock his car so he did it from his phone. Lol

6. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I saw the commercial, but I feel that we shouldnt be depending on technology to do EVERYTHING. I work in the IT Industry and I still cant afford to be lazy like that lol

8. jgheld

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

What about people who want to remote start their cars? Should they turn on the car, leave the key there, and go back in the building?

10. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Im used to walking up to my car and starting it up from the inside. You must be young from that logic

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