BMW Fixes Flaw in Connected Car Tech

BMW Closes Security Gap in Connected Car Tech

While doing some email housekeeping, we bumped into this from BMW:

As the leading manufacturer in the networking of driver, vehicle and the surrounding environment, the BMW Group is increasing the security of data transmission in its vehicles. This is the company’s response to reports from the German Automobile Association (ADAC). The motorist’s association had identified a potential security gap when data is transmitted. The BMW Group has already closed this gap with a new configuration.

 

Which says to me that BMW may be on the case more than US financial institutions are when it comes to data security.  Seems like all we hear from them are “Whoops, sorry–but remember, you can’t sue us!”

The German motorist association ADAC (like our AAA) identified the problem, which pertained to data around door locks, a/c and traffic updates.  No data had been compromised.

The fix is applied over the air, via the BMW Group server or when the owner manually calls up the vehicle’s service configuration.

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