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Tue Feb 21, 2017, 12:47 PM

Thinking about buying a used "connected" car? Think again.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/20/connected_car_in_the_secondhand_lot_dont_buy_it_if_youre_not_hacksavvy/

Without naming the machine's maker, Henderson related the kinds of features beloved of high-end marques: “geolocation of the car, climate control, navigation control, it allowed me to remotely honk the car horn … and finally I could unlock the car.”

Henderson feels that none of that should have been possible years after he disposed of the car. Especially as he says he ran a factory reset, reset his garage door and had traded the old car through a factory dealership (which, he has explained in interviews like this with CNN should have revoked his access to the old car).

The situation is, Henderson says, a “catastrophic failure”, but it's one that occurs all over Internet of Things products – cars, houses, light bulbs and the rest.

The problem is pretty obvious: much of the industry is treating products as consumables, and any attention that's paid to security is focussed on the first buyer.

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Reply Thinking about buying a used "connected" car? Think again. (Original post)
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Tue Feb 21, 2017, 01:27 PM

1. It's also a problem with "smart home" technology

You have to be sure all the "smart home" stuff is reinitialized when moving in.

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