Safety ‘Net? Your Ford’s Keyless Entry is Totally Hackable
In the year 2016, I have no doubt that any electronic device is susceptible to hacking. If it has any sort of connection whatsoever, there is a way to get in there and scramble everything. It’s cute that you think changing your passwords every month is really going to stop a determined villain, but I have some bad news: If somebody really wants your information, there is a 100 percent chance that person will get it. That’s why, as unsettling as it might be, a new report from the Detroit Free Press saying that keyless entry systems have holes is not that surprising.
According to the DFP, computer security experts in Germany say that car remotes from Ford, Opel, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, and Renault that go all the way back to 1995 could be cloned. And with a clone, any thief could effortlessly walk up to these cars, press unlock, and drive away with a new whip.
The deed is done with what the report calls “commonly available equipment.” Basically, somebody could intercept the signal that is traveling through a radio frequency. That would give the hackers the correct codes needed to unlock the vehicle. Then the hackers use those codes and program them into a different remote, and voila! Open season.
Does this mean that everybody cars are going to start disappearing? No, definitely not. Though the equipment might be “common,” thieves who are so desperate that they’re stealing might not necessarily have the means to get the gear, nor will many people have the specific skill set needed to carry out this type of crime. But, it’s going to happen to some unlucky people. Sorry, folks.
via [Detroit Free Press]