May 2006

Gone in 20 minutes…

From a short article in Left Lane News about how car thieves are using laptops to circumvent keyless-entry locks:

The expert gang suspected of stealing two of David Beckham’s BMW X5 SUVs in the last six months did so by using software programs on a laptop to wirelessly break into the car’s computer, open the doors, and start the engine…

While automakers and locksmiths are supposed to be the only groups that know where and how security information is stored in a car, the information eventually falls into the wrong hands.

This should come as a surprise to no one. What concerns me more is that such software is no doubt available not just to “expert gangs” but also the equivalent of script-kiddies who normally wouldn’t even be able to figure out how to hot-wire a ’69 Buick.

(Thanks to Regis for the link…)

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