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Security Researcher Easily Hacks Into California’s Digital License Plates


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Last year, California made digital license plates available to drivers in the state. Instead of rusty planks of metal hanging from the front of a car, residents have the option of switching to a plate-sized screen displaying a license plate number, customizable with personalized banners.

However, just a few months after the option was introduced, it seems a security researcher has managed to compromise the license plates’ cybersecurity protections. In a recent blog post, web application expert Sam Curry said he successfully hacked into California’s plates. 

More specifically, he and a bunch of friends were able to attain “full super administrative access” to all of the user accounts, and their details, linked to Reviver—the company tasked with selling the state’s tech-savvy license plates.

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