A new research proves that keyless entry systems remain vulnerable to hacking and thieves could steal your car with ease.
Keyless entry systems have been around for quite a while now and they are a very convenient way of entering into your car without needing to take the key out of your pocket. However, there have been many studies lately pointing out a series of vulnerabilities behind this technology. A new research has come now to raise once more awareness of how easy it is for someone with bad intentions to hack into a car. Security tests commissioned by the German Automobile Club show that the radio signal used by the keyless entry can be easily extended and hacked with some inexpensive equipment, regardless if the key is in the owners’ pocket or at his home.
Experts have tried to remotely open around 20 models from different carmakers and succeeded to open most of them, start the engine and drive off. Even if this type of vulnerability is not a new one for the industry, the problem has not been addressed so far. One major problem is that once the engine has been fired up, it did not shut off even if the original key was not around, a situation which should not be technically possible.
As cars are becoming smarter and smarter, they are more prone to hacking and the FBI and US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have also recently triggered alarm bells about this situation. In a study on cybersecurity issues, experts were able to remotely perform engine shutdowns, to disable brakes and steering, or lock/unlock the doors through the car’s Wi-Fi hotspot.