BMW Fixes Security Flaw to Stop Hackers
- By Matt Holden
- Feb 02, 2015
BMW says it has found a solution to a security flat that could have allowed hackers to open the doors of 2.2 million BMWs, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicle, according to reports.
The cars in question had ConnectedDrive software, which uses on-board SIM cards to identify owners. ADAC, a German motorist association, alerted BMW when it discovered the vulnerability. A report says that officials aren’t aware that hackers ever exploited the security flaw.
Specific models include BMWs with ConnectedDrive, the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Mini hatchback. The cars were made between March, 2010, and last December. Once inside the car, hackers could have potentially put other systems at risk as well, including the engine, steering, and brakes.
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.