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Tesla Model S Hacked, Security Patch Issued

A pair of researchers hacked a Tesla Model S battery-electric vehicle to test its security capabilities, although Tesla has distributed a security patch to all Model S owners, Wired reported.

GM's OnStar Hacked, Volt Engine Started

A hacker has found a security vulnerability in General Motors' OnStar mobile app that allowed him to locate a Chevrolet Volt, unlock the vehicle, and start its engine.

House Committee Probing Auto Cybersecurity

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has posed a series of questions to 17 automakers, in hopes of evaluating the auto industry’s ability to mitigate cybersecurity threats.  

Vehicle Remote Starting and Door Unlocking Can be Hacked

Recently, a security systems consultant demonstrated that the technology used to link a car to a smart phone can be hacked to gain control of these vehicle functions. The demonstration showed that the wireless communication protocols between a server and a vehicle can be intercepted allowing a hacker to “reverse engineer” the encrypted software protocols. Once the software protocols are replicated, a hacker can maliciously communicate with a vehicle to unlock doors or start the engine.