A hacker said that he was able to break in to OnStar's RemoteLink mobile app and use it to locate users' cars, unlock their car doors and start their engines. The news serves to yet again underscore the challenges in the connected car market and the potential pitfalls companies in the space face. The news also comes just a few days after another hacker was able to access a Jeep Cherokee via Chrysler/Fiat's Uconnect infotainment and in-car technology over Sprint's network.
In a video, hacker Samy Kamkar said he was able to gain access to OnStar's mobile app by intercepting communications between the app and OnStar's service. A GM spokesperson told Reuters last week that an update to the app that would patch the hole was "days away" from being released. According to OnStar's website, more than 3 million people use the company's RemoteLink app for iOS and Android phones. Article