Keyless cars vulnerable to hack, theft

Keyless entry and engine start-stop functions are among customers’ favorite options in new cars – even the small city cars now offer them at additional cost, while most of the mid-priced SUVs, sedans, and vans all have them as standard. They may be making life easier, but according to a new study are also quite dangerous when it comes to the security of cars.

The German General Automobile Club (or ADAC) tested 237 modern cars from 30 brands to find 230 of them are vulnerable to attacks from hackers using devices which can be bought online very cheaply. The so-called “relay” attacks allow potential thieves to unlock and start a vehicle without necessarily having its key. These thieves simply scan for signals transmitted by wireless keys and amplify them to open cars.

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