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Hackers can send text messages to your car's anti-theft system, allowing them to unlock doors and start the engine.

Caroline Ku
Caroline Ku on August 22, 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO — Texting and driving don’t go well together – though not in the way you might think.

Computer hackers can force some cars to unlock their doors and start their engines without a key by sending specially crafted messages to a car’s anti-theft system. They can also snoop at where you’ve been by tapping the car’s GPS system.

That is possible because car alarms, GPS systems and other devices are increasingly connected to cellular telephone networks and thus can receive commands through text messaging. That capability allows owners to change settings on devices remotely, but it also gives hackers a way in. Jordan Robertson/Huffington Post.

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