Keyless entry is dangerousJanuary 29, 2019
Researches were carried out by experts of the German public organization of motorists General Automobile Club (ADAC). Of the 237 tested cars with keyless entry systems, 230 have not been tested for reliability.
Keyless entry and engine start / stop functions are among the most favorite options for customers in new cars – even small city kids can now be purchased with such functions. While most of the more expensive SUVs, sedans and vans offer these features as standard. Yes, they are convenient, but as shown by a recent study and quite dangerous.
Employees of the German public organization General Automobile Club (or ADAC) tested 237 modern cars from 30 brands, and found that 230 of them are vulnerable to hacker attacks using devices to intercept a signal that can be bought online and even very cheaply.
So-called “relay” attacks allow potential thieves to unlock and run a vehicle without having to have its key. These thieves simply scan the signals transmitted by the wireless keys and amplify them to open cars.
The ADAC study says that of all 237 vehicles tested, only three models were able to fully resist the hacker attack, and all of them were produced by the British company Jaguar Land Rover. This is an electric Jaguar I-Pace crossover, as well as a mid-size Land Rover Discovery SUV and a compact Range Rover Evoque crossover.
While Mike Howse, CEO of the British Society of Car Manufacturers and Dealers, says modern cars are “safer than ever, and the latest technology has significantly reduced the risk of theft,” the ADAC guys claim that the threat of theft is still is serious.
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