Keyless entry systems make thieves' lives easy
(sth) - Police from Luxembourg are trying to raise awareness about the security flaws of so-called keyless entry systems for cars. The system is to be found increasingly on new cars and allows to start and drive a car without putting the key in the ignition.
According to police, these systems show some security flaws that neither insurance companies, nor car-manufacturers seem to be motivated to address. These flaws could make the lives of car thieves rather easy.
All you need are two car thieves, some basic electronic equipment and a range extender. One of the criminals only needs to get close to the key to capture the transmitted signal. This signal is sent to a receiver near the car, possibly as much as 100 metres away, where the second thief is capturing the digital data. He can then open the car, start the engine and drive until the tank is empty or the contact is interrupted.
Police are listing certain precautions that can help to avoid becoming the victim of this kind of car theft:
- Put the car into your garage if possible, if not, don't park the car next to your house;
- Switch on your house's alarm system;
- Do not place the key next to the entries of your home;
- Put the key in a special key-safe that shields radio waves, so that hackers cannot capture the signals from the key;
- You can also weaken the signal by putting the key into aluminium paper or into an aluminium box, but this is not 100% safe;
- Pay attention to suspicious items placed near the door of the driver's side, e.g. a little box, a backpack or something similar, in which a scanner may have been placed.