After the sensational instructions and the appearance of the video inTikTok about how easy it is to steal some Kia and Hyndai cars with a USB cable, the automaker decided to release a car software update.
Starting this week, the update can getowners of 2017-2020 Elantra, 2015-2019 Sonata and 2020-2021 Venue. Additional models, including Kona, Palisade and Santa Fe vehicles, will begin receiving it from June 2023. Customers can enter the vehicle's VIN number on a dedicated website to find out when they can get the update. Kia will begin rolling out the necessary fixes later this month.
Previously, Hyundai charged customers at least $170 for security kits to fix the problem, which the attackers exploited.
The main problem of all troubles is the lack of an immobilizer, which made it possible to start the car with “whatever”. Whether the firmware update will fix the situation - only time will tell.