Attack could expose the personal information of drivers who sync their mobile phone to a vehicle entertainment system.
A new attack dubbed CarsBlues exploits security weaknesses in the infotainment systems in several types of vehicles via Bluetooth – threatening the privacy of users who have synced their phones to their cars.
According to researchers at Privacy4Cars, which makes a mobile app of the same name for erasing PII from vehicles, tens of millions of vehicles could be affected worldwide, and that number could rise.
The greatest risk exists for drivers who sync their phones to vehicles that have been rented, borrowed, or leased and returned. The researchers from Privacy4Cars, who discovered the vulnerability, recommend that drivers in those cases completely erase that information before turning in the vehicle.
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