Those worried about the recent hacking of the OnStar RemoteLink app can breathe a sigh of relief, as General Motors has resolved the issue. The hack enabled Samy Kamkar to intercept signals between a user’s RemoteLink mobile app and the vehicle’s OnStar system. It allowed him to unlock the vehicle’s doors, see its location on a map, and start the engine, but not put the vehicle in gear and drive away.
General Motors has addressed the hack head-on, making changes to its back-office and updating the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app to patch the security vulnerability while disabling previous versions of the app. General Motors took the hacking problem incredibly seriously and is the only auto manufacturer to put in place an executive director of cybersecurity. However General Motors does warn that this probably won’t be the last attempt to hack the OnStar system unfortunately.
General Motors is confident that they have done everything possible to resolve the issue, but problems like this are never entirely resolved and we can’t say that something like this will never happen again. They are always looking to improve the system and will always be looking for ways to come up with a better mousetrap. General Motors is working with government agencies and universities to find how and where the system can be hacked in the future and how to prevent it from happening in the future.
For now though, you can rest assured that “OwnStar” is no longer an issue. However, it never was since the hack was never released to the public, thankfully.