Do you own a keyless car or do you plan to buy one shortly? If the answer is yes, you need to read this very carefully because crooks can now theft your keyless car very easy. We have identified a large number of cars that can be theft by using two relatively-cheap devices which ‘trick’ a vehicle into thinking its entry fob is nearby.
We said it before, and we are saying it now: anything can be hacked a door, a phone, a camera, a car or a laptop. Remember that it is essential for every user and company to add extra measures of cybersecurity. Every user must use only the best cybersecurity solution like an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac depending on which OS their device is running. Also, every company must go an extra step to obtain the best cybersecurity measure; this can be done by hiring a cybersecurity firm that will attack purpose the company’s network of revealing its most destructive and dangerous flaws.
This kind of deliberate attacks is done through specialized cybersecurity tests like penetration test and ethical hacking tests.
This is how you theft a car by hacking it:
Crooks use a relay box to capture and re-transmit the radio signals of a modern vehicle key to fool the vehicle into thinking that the key is in proximity to the vehicle. In most of the cases, the key is far enough from the vehicle when the owner parks it and goes inside a building and the car can’t be opened or started.
By using this relay box, the crooks make it seem to the vehicle that the key is near enough or next to the car to open the driver’s door.
On some new models, the RKE (Remote Keyless Entry) system that the vehicle uses for entry and vehicle starting only require the key to be within a small radius of the car.
The “Relay Box” is formed from two distinct parts: the component that captures and transmit the signals from the key and it’s the corresponding component that works within the vehicle’s RKE entry radius.
The method of operation:
A crook will try to get close to the key in the building or house, usually by the front door or window, since most owners keep their keys by the front door or hallway. The second crook will remain close to the vehicle in order to get as close as possible to the RKE controller’s antenna.
The success of an attack will depend on how powerful the “relay box” is, which means that a powerful transmitter/antenna combination in the two components will allow more flexibility in the distances involved during the theft.
This kind of hack allows crooks to enter and drive off with the vehicle, however, depending on the design of the vehicle’s system it may not allow you to restart it. Unfortunately, the vast majority of models enable a restart to happen.
Tips and tricks to prevent this type of hack:
The best way to avoid this type of attack is to use a steering wheel lock or an additional kind of immobilizer, usually found in aftermarket alarm systems. Another way to prevent this attack is to block the key signals using a Faraday bag or box.
Because we want you to stay safe and secured in front of all vulnerabilities like this one, we recommend implementing a robust cybersecurity solution into your devices like an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac depending of which OS are your machines running. We also suggested that every company must hire a specialized cybersecurity firm that will perform various tests like a penetration test and various ethical hacking tests on company’s network to reveal if any network flaws are present.
For companies that exist 100% online, we recommend the using of cyber-secured web hosting services.