VW 100 million ‘keyless’ cars can be hacked with $40 device

While smart cars are a 21st century thing, the convenience has a darker side. Researchers have shown that it takes a tool as cheap as $40 to bypass the “keyless system” in tens of millions of Volkswagen cars, including Audis and SEATs.Four European researchers say hackers can easily eavesdrop on the signal which is sent every time a driver presses their key fob to lock or unlock a car. All the thieves need is a cheap technical device and to be somewhere within 100 meters of a vehicle. Flavio Garcia and his team at the University of Birmingham reverse-engineered an undisclosed component of the keyless system and extracted a cryptographic code. Using that information, they say hackers can intercept acar’s unique ID sent by the fob…

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