Verizon's Vehicle Diagnostic kit by Delphi security question
Hello, guys! I'd like to install a Verizon's Vehicle Diagnostic kit by Delphi in my car, but first, I've decided to check whether it is safe enough. I'm worried about remote start and the fact that I can use my smartphone to lock and unlock the car, I need to know whether it is possible that someone may use that to steal my car?
It is good, that you have decided to check that before installation. Verizon have lots of privacy issues and that particular device can be in some way dangerous. As you know it is used for vehicle monitoring, data aggregation and remote start. Also it contains GPS module, so it is able to monitor vehicle's speed, and work as geofencing device. That will device will be really convenient if you are to install it to your kid's car.
The weakest point of that gadget is a smartphone connection. Modern smartphones have lots of vulnerabilities and you are able to run that device via iOS or Android app. You can access vehicle's data, lock and unlock it and start the engine remotely. The problem lies in the fact, that hackers may be able to crack that connection, because the device uses vulnerable 2.4 GHz frequency to sync with the smartphone.
In that case it would be much better either to avoid that device, or use it together with a Wi-Fi signal jammer. That will make sure that even if your mobile phone or tablet will be hacked, no one will be able to use that to hijack your car. Also that simple measure will allow you to protect your smartphone and all the data it contains, because Wi-Fi and bluetooth are widely used for smartphone hacking.
Thanks for your question, I hope, I've managed to help!