Hyundai Motor India fixes bug that uncovered prospects’ private knowledge

Hyundai’s India subsidiary has fastened a bug that uncovered its prospects’ private info within the South Asian market.

TechCrunch reviewed a portion of the uncovered knowledge that included the registered proprietor title, mailing deal with, electronic mail deal with, and cellphone variety of Hyundai Motor India prospects who’ve serviced their autos at any of the corporate’s approved service stations throughout India. The bug additionally disclosed automobile particulars, together with the registration quantity, shade, engine quantity, and mileage lined.

In a cellphone dialog on Thursday, Hyundai Motor India spokesperson Siddhartha P. Saikia mentioned the corporate would offer a press release. When shared by electronic mail, the assertion mentioned:

“We understand the importance of safeguarding the data of our customers and accordingly strive to create robust systems and processes. Further, these systems get periodically reviewed and updated based on needs. The Repair Order/Invoice link is shared only on the mobile number registered by the customer, once they have opted in to receive such updates. These are system-generated links without any human involvement. Hyundai assures continued efforts to safeguard the interest of the customers.”

Hyundai Motor India didn’t reply questions on whether or not it had the technical means, reminiscent of logs, to find out any improper entry to a buyer’s data, nor would the corporate say if any dangerous actors exploited the difficulty.

Safety researcher Ashutosh, who most popular to not be named in full, shared the main points in regards to the easy bug with TechCrunch. The bug uncovered the shopper’s private info via the online hyperlinks Hyundai Motor India shared with prospects over WhatsApp after receiving their autos for servicing at a licensed service station.

The net hyperlinks that redirected prospects to the restore orders and invoices in PDF recordsdata contained the shopper’s cellphone quantity. A malicious actor might expose the data of different prospects by altering the cellphone quantity within the hyperlink.

TechCrunch confirmed the researcher’s findings and emailed Hyundai Motor India on December 29. The corporate responded on January 4. TechCrunch shared the main points of the bug with Hyundai Motor India on the identical day, and requested Hyundai Motor India repair the bug inside seven days on account of its simplicity and severity. Hyundai Motor India fastened the bug on Thursday.

Upon receiving the corporate’s response, TechCrunch confirmed the bug was fastened, and the hyperlinks in concern have been not energetic — redirected to a web page giving an error message.

Established in 1996, Hyundai Motor India is among the many prime three carmakers within the nation, alongside Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors. Hyundai Motor India has a community of over 1,500 service stations within the nation. In Might, the carmaker introduced an investment of $2.45 billion (200 billion Indian rupees) over the following 10 years within the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to bolster its plans for electrical autos.