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If Your Car Is On This List, It Might Be Vulnerable To Remote Hackers

[corner-ad id=1]A group of German vehicle security researchers, ADAC conducted a research and found out that a variety of cars, 24 to be precise were vulnerable to an attack targeting the wireless key fob, in other words, cars with keyless entry systems are particularly susceptible.
They hack these cars using a radio-based amplification attack which uses cheap chips, batteries, a radio transmitter, and an antenna. The attack is then carried out by building a pair of radio devices using the items listed which will trigger a signal from the vehicle that seeks a radio response from the key. When executed, the method allows attackers to enter the car and drive away without needing the wireless key.
ADAC listed the following cars as vulnerable:  

  • Audi A3
  • Audi A4
  • Audi A6
  • BMW 730d
  • Citroen DS4 CrossBack
  • Ford Galaxy
  • Ford Eco-Sport
  • Honda HR-V
  • Hyundai Santa Fe CRDi
  • KIA Optima
  • Lexus RX 450h
  • Mazda CX-5
  • MINI Clubman
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Nissan Qashqai
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Opel Ampera
  • Range Rover Evoque
  • Renault Traffic
  • Ssangyong Tivoli XDi
  • Subaru Levorg
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Volkswagen Golf GTD
  • Volkswagen Touran 5T
  •  BMW i3

What is the solution then? According to Wired via NY times, the temporary solution is to keep the keys in the freezer which will block the transmission of unwanted radio signals, but ADAC believes that the only solution is for the car manufacturers to fix the problem themselves.

I can bet that most Nigerians with any of the cars mentioned above won’t be bothered given that we don’t have crazy hackers, but never be too sure.
Source: ADAC  H/T: Wired


2 comments on “If Your Car Is On This List, It Might Be Vulnerable To Remote Hackers

  1. Gido™ says:

    Thank God that there is no Mercedes on the list.

  2. peterjero says:

    @Gido you just took the word out of my mouth.

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