Connected Drive of BMW vulnerable cyber attacks, Automaker updating software over the air to close the breach
A cyber-security flaw connected to the Connected Drive remote services of BMW has been detected by German Automobile Association. A total of 2.2 million vehicles is likely to be affected worldwide as they have become easy prey to hackers.
Research showed that the car network could be accessed easily by imitating mobile communications and launching phony signals into the SIM card integrated with the vehicles affected by the hole. An attack could be unleashed within a very short time without leaving any trace of the breach stated the report, and the communication was not secure once the perpetrators have gained access to the system.
Responding to the security breach BMW has started working on the software upgrade via the over the air update since last week so the affected vehicles do not need to go to the dealership to get it corrected. Actually the owner may not know that their software is being updated in their cars.
The affected automobiles include the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce examples installed with the Connected Drive setup since 2010. First complaint came in the year before when ADAC reported it to BM, and the agency is the equal of AAA. The agency also withheld any public announcement of the fault as it wanted the automobile company to remedy the issue.
BMW has already dispatched the software to the affected vehicles the ADAC thinks that it is possible that some of the vehicles in the US might not have been updated. When asked for a comment from the automobile company BMW did not come out with any reply. The company has issued a written statement in which it has stated that it knows of no real world security breach incidents.
The hacking incident could raise eyebrows and more questions on the automobile security. Automobiles now are considered as mobile computers and the impending attacks have been forewarned by experts but the industry leaders have been slow in warming up to it.