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Scott Francis Baker

January 2nd, 2007

Man being taken to hospital for drug overdose hijacks ambulance, goes on joyride. @ 05:56 pm

I went to Fred Meyer after work to get some milk for Gabe and as I was getting out of my car I noticed an older lady standing in the rain. After looking a little closer I realized she was on her cell phone and had a cart full of groceries next to her. As I walked past I heard her say, "thank you" to who ever she was talking to on the phone and then her door opened up. I can only assume that she locked her keys in her car and was calling OnStar or whoever to unlock her car.

I'm sure to a lot of older people that probably seems like a great service. "Never lock your keys in your car again!!!" I'm sure the advertisements say (notice the three exclamation points). If my car had that service it would freak me the hell out! You're telling me someone can remotely unlock my car from anywhere in the world? How secure is that? Everything everywhere has been hacked by someone. I don't even want to think about what would happen if that service got hacked.

Even if you assume it's fool proof and only certified OnStar employees can utilize it, what happens if some lazy employee fat fingers some number. Instead of unlocking car #12345 he unlocks car #12346 and that happens to be your car that's sitting unattended at the airport for a week (with all your valuables in it).

What else can they do remotely? Without you knowing? Scary!

Update: Q2. Can OnStar really unlock my vehicle from a thousand kilometers away?
A2. Yes. Simply call OnStar at 1.888.4.ONSTAR (1.888.466.7827) and give the Advisor your PIN and account number. OnStar can delay opening your door for up to 15 minutes, giving you enough time to return to your vehicle.
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Date:January 3rd, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
This coming from the man who leaves his car doors open unless I expressly ask him to lock becuase I am leaving my handbag in there - with the face to his cd player still in.
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Date:January 3rd, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
I don't have a brand new $30k SUV. Nor do I leave valuables in my car.
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Date:January 3rd, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
In that case OnStar doesn't sound so bad now does it?

OnStar is capable of so much more though. It can turn off the car and lock you inside to waite for the police in case you've stollen the vehicle and its owner calls it in (so I've been told).

Hmmm, that gives me an idea. Test Lab may want to hear about this...
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Date:January 3rd, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)



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