Those worried about the recent hacking of the OnStar RemoteLink app should breathe a sigh of relief, as General Motors says that it has fully resolved the issue. Eloquently named OwnStar, the hack enabled Samy Kamkar to intercept signals between the user’s RemoteLink app and the OnStar system and unlock the vehicle’s doors, see its location on a map, and start the engine, though not put the vehicle in gear and drive away in it.
“We’re confident this issue is closed,” OnStar chief operating officer and executive director of GM’s Global Connected Customer organization told Wards Auto in an interview.
“We took the hacking problem incredibly seriously and GM is the only auto manufacturer to go as far as naming an executive director of cybersecurity”, said Inch, while also warning that this probably won’t be the last attempt to hack the OnStar system.
“We’re confident and believe we’ve 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. We always will be looking to improve the system and always will be looking for ways to come up with a better mousetrap.
Inch says that GM is working inside and outside the company with government agencies and universities to find how and where the system can be hacked in the future and how to prevent that from happening.
For now, rest assured that OwnStar is no longer a thing. But truth be told, it never was since the hack was never released to the world, or in the wild, as the cool kids say.