Questions raised over used car connection security

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Questions raised over used car connection security

Connected cars have plenty of benefits, but they can also expose drivers to risks, as a computer security researcher has warned that used car buyers can have their vehicle tracked by former owners who have failed to disconnect their smartphone from the car's applications, Auto Express reports.

IBM researcher Charles Henderson found out he was still connected to his old car a year after selling it. Now, Henderson is calling on car manufacturers to increase protection for new car owners.

Although he had deleted all his personal details in the car prior to selling it, Henderson said the car remained linked with his phone, allowing him to track its details.

Henderson commented: "The car is really smart but it's not smart enough to know who its owner is, so it's not smart enough to know it's been re-sold."

He argues that part of the issue is that manufacturers are unable to disconnect the car's apps from former owners.

Similar issues have previously been reported by Auto Express, after a Land Rover Discovery Sport owner found he was still able to continue accessing the car's InControl app despite selling it privately, with the new owner living on the other side of the country. Not only was he able to find the car's location, he was also able to find out whether or not the car was locked.

Speaking to Auto Express, Land Rover and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said that while manufacturers have the capability to remove owners' details from the cars, they could not necessarily disconnect them from the apps.

They also added that it was the responsibility of users to ensure that they removed their old vehicle from their account after selling it.

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