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Monday, February 12, 2018

Car thieves have gone high-tech

Owners of cars using the keyless entry system are at risk of having their vehicles stolen in minutes by a frequency­-hacking device that is available locally.

The device, which costs about RM150 and can be obtained online or at some electronics stores, can unlock a car and start its engine by hacking its radio frequency identification (RFID) information.

A source said the device could open almost every car with keyless entry.

The source said car thieves recruited hackers to install the required software onto their laptops and teach them how to operate the device.

“Some local hackers have been approached to offer their services to members of the car theft syndicate,” the source added.

There are three ways to steal the encryption code to unlock these vehicles.

“The device has to be attached to a com­puter and run with simple frequency monitoring software, which can be downloaded for free from the Internet.

“The software reads the frequency transmitted between the remote key and car system.

“It can capture the frequency code used to lock the car. At the same time, it decrypts the rolling codes transmitted back by the car to the remote key, to unlock the vehicle,” the source explained.

The other method is by “attacking” the car system. The hacking device broadcasts a signal mimicking the remote, tricking the car into responding with a rolling code. - the Star Online

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