Today’s Car Thieves Can Use Cell Phones, Not Slim Jims

If you have a new car, equipped with the latest in cellular-network-based security, we’ve got bad news for you. A group of hackers has proven that they can find a vehicle’s specific location, remotely unlock it, and start it using nothing more than a simple cell-phone-initiated text message. Don Bailey and Matthew Solnik, of iSec Partners, will present their findings at next week’s Black Hat Security Conference in Las Vegas.

The pair plan to demonstrate their research at the conference, though it was unclear if they’d target a random vehicle to prove their point. Although Bailey and Solnik won’t identify which system was hacked, there’s a limited number of cellular-network-based security systems on the market today, and the most popular (by a large margin) is GM’s OnStar.

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