Hyundai and Kia issue software upgrades to thwart killer TikTok car theft hack

Korean car-makers Hyundai and Kia will issue software updates to some of their models after a method of stealing them circulated on TikTok, leading to many thefts and even some deaths.

The “Kia Challenge” started circulating in mid-2022 and explained that it’s possible to remove the steering column covering on some Hyundai and Kia models by force, exposing a slot that fits a USB-A plug. Turning the plug activates its ignition, allowing thieves to drive away.

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Source: The Register