BMW patches security flaw that could have allowed hackers to unlock car doors


BMW has mended a security flaw in its ConnectedDrive car connectivity system that affected 2.2 million cars, including Rolls-Royce and Mini cars, the company announced on Friday.

It concerned software in the car that would have allowed hackers to open car doors. It highlights a oft-voiced concern around connected home products — sometimes called the Internet of Things — that household items would become vulnerable to malware or hacking.

The update happens automatically, as soon as the vehicle connects to BMW’s servers, and includes the addition of HTTPS — the secure version of hypertext transfer protocol — to data transmissions via the ConnectedDrive system. Read more…

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