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SMARTPHONE APPS THAT UNLOCK CARS CAN BE HACKED

According to an article in the March 3, 2017 issue of The Week, millions of drivers who use connected car apps on their Android phones are vulnerable to hacking.  According to Andy Greenberg in Wired.com, a growing number of car owners use smart  phone apps to quickly locate, lock and unlock their cars. 

But most car apps lack even basic software defenses according to researchers at Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky.  During tests of nine different Android connected-car apps, researchers found that hackers could use any of them to locate a car, unlock it and in some cases start the engine. 

Researchers said simple fixes to the apps - like encrypting passwords stored on the phone or adding fingerprint authentication - would go a long way toward boosting security.

Posted by Allen L Phillips

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