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Old 08-04-2011, 11:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have not seen this posted on this board before, but someone sent this to me today.

Two security researchers from iSec Partners have shown at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas they can unlock a Subaru Outback and actually start the engine - all remotely.

Hackers unlock car via text | TG Daily
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I saw the same article earlier, I cant think of anything on the car that uses wireless technology except for the mobile hotspot, which is given a phone number. Does anyone know if this applies to the GPS?
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I read that article on CNN website but they never mentioned the car brand. Who say it was a Subaru, I doubt it.
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Engadget says it was a Subaru Outback

Hackers break into Subaru Outback via text message -- Engadget
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Do any of the Outbacks come with OnStar? That's the only way I can think of that they would be able to do this..
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...this is just plain crazy...now if we can only text the car to get it come and pick us up...
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From the op linked article:

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exploited two unnamed remote control products
Sounds like an aftermarket remote start system was hacked, that happened to be in an Outback. The Outback itself was inconsequential in the article.

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I just thought of something, maybe that outback was a zip car...
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Sounds like an aftermarket remote start system was hacked, that happened to be in an Outback. The Outback itself was inconsequential in the article.
I second that. Read the original article, and the hack included setting up a fake GSM network which the car then logged on to.

This means that the car must be fitted with some aftermarket GSM-system capable of opening the doors / starting the engine. Sounds like some remote system to start the car for heating / air-conditioning, which is available for many different brands.

So when journalists was gonna cover this, they seem to have missed the essence in the article and went with the easy stuff. Repeating the car make and model was amongst these easy facts...

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I have not seen this posted on this board before, but someone sent this to me today.
Really? It's still on page 2 of this sub-forum. http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...start-car.html

And that links to 3 other threads on the same subject.

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...ck-attack.html

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...t-message.html

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...r-outback.html
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