It has been revealed that a leading IBM researcher could continue to track, unlock and control his old car by using his mobile app several years after trading it in.
He says that the security shortcomings for so-called ‘smart’ vehicles means new owners need to take special steps.
Indeed, the same security flaw is present in apps that are operated by the four biggest car makers and raises questions about other apps used for smart devices that have been bought second-hand.
The IBM worker said when he sold his car he removed all of his personal data from it but could still access the controls remotely from a smart phone app.
Industry experts are now pointing to potential security flaws in everything from home security systems to fridge freezers.
It appears that the ‘internet of things’ is essentially storing information on external cloud servers so while a factory reset in the car will have wiped personal data, the information may have been retained on the cloud.
The news follows an announcement from a Russian security firm Kaspersky who say Android car control apps have other security flaws as well.
These flaws could enable a hacker to take control of a vehicle or even steal it.
One in three UK retailers do not have an app
Research has revealed that one in three retailers do not have a mobile phone app and shopping app users are not keen on apps that do not enable them to interact with other brands.
The findings from Episerver also found users do not want to scroll through pages of icons looking for a suitable app to use.
However, the firm also says that those retailers who do not currently have an application to access their goods and services may actually understand mobile marketing and app fatigue hitting consumers.
Their survey also reveals that most retailers are now focusing on mobile web marketing and pouring money into content creation, search and advertising for their offering to be discovered via a browser.
The exceptions to this are for consumers who want to access a favourite brand by using an app including checking bank balances, flight times and booking train tickets.
Banking apps show security vulnerability
An analysis of 50 of the world’s leading banking apps has revealed they all have several security vulnerabilities.
The research by Prado Lab highlighted security flaws which could put around 500 million people who use these apps at risk from hackers.
A spokesman for the firm said the biggest worry was for the number of banks that are involved and not one banking app managed to pass the firm’s access test.
The survey looked at the world’s top 50 banks and their apps and the security firm says they now need to address these major security issues urgently.
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