A new Bluetooth hack dubbed CarsBlues allows attackers to steal access personal information such as CarsBlues phone numbers, call logs, location history, and garage door codes from vehicle infotainment system through Bluetooth.
Privacy4Cars who develops a mobile app to erase Personally Identifiable Information (PII) disclosed the vulnerability. According to the companies report tens of millions of customers vehicle worldwide affected with the vulnerability.
The hack affected all the users who synced their device vehicles that are in not in direct control such as the rented one, shared through a fleet or subscription service, loaned, sold, returned at the end of a lease, repossessed, or deemed a total loss.
The hack was identified by Andrea Amico who is the founder of Privacy4Cars, he notified the issue to the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center to share and analyze threat among its members.
“Now that we have completed our ethical disclosure with the Auto-ISAC, we are turning our focus to educating the industry and the public about the risks associated with leaving personal information in-vehicle systems,” said Andrea Amico.
“The CarsBlues hack, given its ease to replicate, the breadth of situations in which it can be performed against unsuspecting targets, and the difficulty in detecting the exploitation, is a clear indication that industry and consumers alike need to be proactive when it comes to deleting personally identifiable information from vehicle infotainment systems.”
Also, the people who gave temporary access to the heir personal vehicle, such as at dealerships’ service centers, repair shops, peer-to-peer exchanges, and valets may also be at risk for CarsBlues, reads the blog post.
Users are recommended deleting the personal data from any of the vehicles infotainment systems before allowing anyone accesses to their vehicle.