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11/16/2018
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New Bluetooth Hack Affects Millions of Vehicles

Attack could expose the personal information of drivers who sync their mobile phone to a vehicle entertainment system.

A new attack dubbed CarsBlues exploits security weaknesses in the infotainment systems in several types of vehicles via Bluetooth - threatening the privacy of users who have synced their phones to their cars.

According to researchers at Privacy4Cars, which makes a mobile app of the same name for erasing PII from vehicles, tens of millions of vehicles could be affected worldwide, and that number could rise.

The greatest risk exists for drivers who sync their phones to vehicles that have been rented, borrowed, or leased and returned. The researchers from Privacy4Cars, who discovered the vulnerability, recommend that drivers in those cases completely erase that information before turning in the vehicle.

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geekamongus
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geekamongus,
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11/18/2018 | 4:57:37 PM
Misnomer
Can it really be considered an "attack" if this is merely a result of unerased data leftover from someone synching their phone to a rental car? I call ciickbait shenanigans.
Cyberspider
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Cyberspider,
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11/19/2018 | 7:25:22 AM
Re: Misnomer
From what I read it sounds like you do need to do something in order to compromise the security to get the data rather than just being able to obtain it. So I think it does count as an attack, although obviously the key point is remove data after use if syncing a personal device to a borrowed/hire car
edoroskevic
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edoroskevic,
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11/21/2018 | 5:16:08 PM
what is the actual vulnerability?
i mean, it's easy to state there is an issue that contributes to the systems vulnerability. This said, it lacks depth and description. From a risk perspective, it would be beneficial to learn more about the actual component that contributes to the overall systems vulnerability. At present, I am left under impression - this is a marketing compaign...
michaelmaloney
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michaelmaloney,
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12/18/2018 | 3:45:27 AM
Get the kinks worked out!
And this is why you will not see me getting into an autonomous or even a semi-autonomous car for a while yet! There are way too many issues that need ironing out for use to entrust our lives to these vehicles by letting them take over all of the control while we're out on the road! It's already way too dangerous for that if you ask me!
ChristopherJames
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ChristopherJames,
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12/18/2018 | 5:06:58 AM
Live with it
It is extremely scary to know that technological threats can harm our safety. Apart from monopolizing our moneys, now our daily commute could be put to risk. It seems that the pros and cons revolving around the technology sector will always need to be anticipated and accepted if we need technology to improve our daily processes.
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