While We’re on the Subject of Hacking – More Car Hacks

The new tech “hotness” in cars has to do with control fobs. Walk up to your car, and it unlocks. Sit in and push the starter and off you go. Mechanical KEYS are SO 20th Century. Shock and key From BMW to Peugeot, these are the makes and models of cars MOST AT RISK of being broken into by car thieves hacking keyless cars.

Please note the wording in the headline. “Most at risk.” This is NOT a definitive list.

Vehicles from 30 manufacturers, ranging from BMW to Peugeot, were unlocked and/or started using a simple hack in German tests.

Tests by the ADAC (German auto club) showed how easy it was to unlock, and in some cases start and drive away, with fancy new high tech cars. From BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Ford, and others. 30 manufacturers? Is there anyone who didn’t get hacked?

“Thefts have been using these loopholes presumably for years, without car manufacturers providing an effective solution – which shows that the automotive industry still has very much to catch up to other sectors of the economy with regards to IT security.

“All the more since keyless systems are also available for small and medium-sized cars and offered partly as standard configuration, manufacturers are called upon to effectively protect vehicle electronics.”

A couple of company statements are predictably worthless. “We take this very seriously…” “We follow all commonly excepted standards…” and a similar bucket of crap. It basically comes down to companies whining that “everyone else is doing the same thing.” Thanks guys.

What can you do? Store you electronic fobs in a Faraday cage.


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