Despite multiple other people renting the SUV in the intervening months, FordPass still allows Sinclair to track the location of the vehicle, lock and unlock it, and start or stop its engine. Sinclair has brought the matter to Ford’s attention, both through its website and multiple times
on Twitter. So far, Ford has done nothing to kill his access.
Beware of “pairing” your phone or other device with a rental car (or hotel room, or….). It could cause you loss of data and privacy… or worse.
via Five months after returning rental car, man still has remote control | Ars Technica
via GOVERNING magazine: One of Internet’s Co-Creators — Notably, Not Al Gore — Wonders Aloud, How Did It Go So Wrong?
By OCTOBER 30, 2019
When I was a young scientist working on the fledgling creation that came to be known as the internet, the ethos that defined the culture we were building was characterized by words such as ethical, open, trusted, free, shared. None of us knew where our research would lead, but these words and principles were our beacon.
We did not anticipate that the dark side of the internet would emerge with such ferocity. Or that we would feel an urgent need to fix it.
How did we get from there to here?