The Scott Peterson Case
Judge Alfred Delucchi has ruled today in the Scott Peterson murder trial on the admissability of evidence from satelite global positioning system [GPS] electronic tracking device technology. Police obtained a warrant to place the devices secretly on Mr. Peterson's three vehicles when he became a suspect upon his wife Laci's disappearance on Christmas eve in the year 2002. This is the first time such devices have figured in a criminal prosecution in the state of California. Today's ruling could have implications for owners of OnStar equipped vehicles if they are accused of a crime. --- '04-Feb-17th
Auto-unlock Upon Crash?
"...if system detects airbags have blown up, the remote advisor can
direct your car to unlock its doors so that assistance can get in, flash
the headlights and horn to get attention, etc. I had some concerns
about security here (imagine someone figuring out how to hack this!) but
I was assured that their security was "extremely strong and extremely proprietary".
Boo, hiss." --- WWW-9
Unlocking All the Cars?
"At the auto show's Cadillac exhibit, there was universal shock when
a spokesmodel described this locking feature. A nervous crowd peppered
her with questions: Couldn't the signal go out accidentally and unlock every
car in the country? An OnStar rep responded to this negative reaction,
the first she'd heard: Y'all are just paranoid. It doesn't bother me. I'm
from Texas." --- The
1998 New York International Auto Show (Philip Nobel)
"how do i feed the gps data from my GM onstar to my TTII? i can handle
the TTII end but the onstar connection is the black hole." --- (holderscoveboatdock)
OnStar Calls the Police...
When he got into an accident, he decided to run for it. But the
guidance system had already notified OnStar headquarters of the accident,
specifying where it had happened and giving a complete description of his
vehicle to the California Highway Patrol. (*Road & Track* magazine,
-What constitutes an "accident"? (Air bags seem to go off quite easily,
taking out the windshield and dashboard [$$$] in a fender-bender).
-Will GPS-reported accidents become like household burglar alarms -
sending out mostly false alarms?
-Who will hack into the OnStar system to falsely report accidents?
-Who will use the OnStar system to efficiently dispatch lawyers to
-How soon until OnStar sells accident records so used-car purchasers
can learn the vehicle's history?... --- Computer
reports unreported wreck (Chris Norloff)
Without Your Knowledge...
"OnStar swears by the integrity of their data systems and promises
never to release any of your personal information without your knowledge.
Only time will tell if they can honor that promise. New technology is always
a give and take situation and convenience comes with a price. If you want
what OnStar offers, and whatever peace of mind you get from it, you have
to accept the possibility that your barber might hack into their servers
and find out you're getting a clip someplace new these days. He may even
be waiting outside for you when you're done." --- OnStar
Technology (Gonzo Schexnayder)
Hasn't Come UP???
"But what happens if the police or the FBI or the IRS or Interpol or
All the President's Men get a court order to have your car tracked ...
just as they can to have your phone tapped? Remember, this system cannot
be shut off. And how certain is it that a private detective with connections
to a law enforcement agency won't get hold of where you go and where you've
Carstensen said the issue of court-ordered tracking hasn't come up
but that, if it ever does, OnStar will refer the matter to General Motors
corporate security for advice." --- GM's
OnStar: A phone system that reaches out (Tom Incantalupo)
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Knowing how upset I get when I lose my connection to my ISP, having
my car tell me I've lost my carrier would make me furious!
I know a bunch of really smart kids who could hack (crack) anything.
No matter how few rapists, kidnappers, etc. managed to hack the thing,
one could never feel safe in their car again. As if to serve as a reminder of the existance of such
people, this page gets hits every day by people who've entered into a search
engine the string 'onstar hack'. --- September 17, 2000
OnStar - (ca. January and February, 2000) A married couple talks about
an incident where they were driving through the desert, got a flat tire,
and the ground was crawling with rattlesnakes. They pushed the "OnStar"button
on the car's console, and "within seconds the OnStar advisor pinpointed
our location and sent a tow truck... called the paramedics..." The announcer
says, "The one touch connection to people who can help." A caption on the
screen reads, "Wherever you go, here we are."
--You bet they are. What they didn't tell you was that they knew your
location even before you pressed that button.
This ad is rumored to be the first step in the establishment's plan
to put a tracking device in every car. There was a case in early 2000,
in Canada (I believe it was), where someone had stolen a car, and the car's
ignition was killed via satellite while the thief was driving, and the
car was recovered.
I think a world where cars are more easily stolen is a better world,
frankly. The absurdity of willingly allowing your location to be broadcast
to the authorities at all times is staggering. Who would buy this thing?
People who can't put two and two together, I think. But the more people
who do buy this thing, the worse things will get, the sooner, for all of
Boycott 'OnStar' like you have never boycotted anything before! --- March 26, 2000
Online Resources about Onstar
.Under the Hood, with Big Brother (Bob Gritzinger).
Paints a dystopian future in which driving data is used against the driver in court, in setting insurance rates, and by private investigators tracking a driver's every move. Presents stories of cases in which government surveillance comes to light. Recording devices are already included on many models outside the awareness of their owners.
to Onstar! How May We Invade You? (Mother Jones)
Car in the Wired World (Philip E. Agre )
A Completely Different POV about Onstar [pov?]
on the Road with Connected Cars (Eric Bernachez, About Human I'net)
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