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Hackers Send SMS to Unlock Car, Start Engine

A couple of security researchers from iSEC Partners demonstrated at the ongoing Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas how to unlock a car via merely a text message.

The researchers used a Subaru Outback to showcase their skills, and they not only managed to unlock the car, but also started the engine, all remotely.

Apparently the two geniuses, named Mathew Solnik and Don Bailey, used an Android phone and a technique which they referred to as the “war texting” to exploit a couple of remote control devices, used for locking and unlocking cars.

Solnik and Bailey claims that they first established their own GSM networks to accomplish the task, and then went on intercepting the password authentication messages between the car and the server, and if we are to believe their words, they did it all within just a couple of hours.

"I could care less if I could unlock a car door. It's cool. It's sexy," Bailey reportedly told CNN.

"But the same system is used to control phone, power, traffic systems. I think that's the real threat," he added.

However, both Bailey and Solnik refrained from disclosing the details for their hacking procedure, and neither did they make any comments on which cars are particularly vulnerable to such techniques.