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BMW fixes issue that left 2.2M vehicles vulnerable to hackers

Problem was with ConnectedDrive technology, which allows drivers to access certain car functions with smartphones



BMW said it has fixed an issue with its ConnectedDrive technology that left some of its vehicles vulnerable to hacking. PHOTO BMW

BMW said it has fixed an issue with its ConnectedDrive technology that left some of its vehicles vulnerable to hacking. PHOTO BMW

BERLIN—German automaker BMW AG said it has fixed a security flaw that made 2.2 million of its vehicles vulnerable to break-ins.

The company said the problem affected BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce models equipped with its ConnectedDrive technology, which allows drivers to access certain car functions with a smartphone.

German automobile club ADAC, which discovered the flaw last summer, claimed hackers could have used a fake cellphone base station to intercept network traffic from the car and lower the windows or open the doors.

There are no reports such a break-in ever took place.

BMW spokesperson Silke Brigl said hackers wouldn’t have been able to start or stop the engine.

She said the problem has been fixed with an automatic update and customers don’t need to take any action.

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