BMW says it has fixed a security flaw that could have given hackers the ability to remotely unlock the doors of 2.2 million vehicles sold by the BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands.
The announcement underscores growing concern that thieves and hackers could gain access to vehicles through the fast-growing array of onboard infotainment and safety systems that have become common on today’s vehicles.
In the case of the German luxury maker, the problem was linked to BMW’s ConnectedDrive system which relies on onboard SIM cards to identify authorized users. The technology can be used, among other things, to allow a vehicle’s doors to be unlocked remotely. But it also is used to transmit real-time traffic information and other data.