Secret security flaws in keyless entry systems leave car owners vulnerable to theft


For years, car manufacturers including Range Rover, BMW, and Volkswagen kept secret security risks in their vehicles' keyless entry systems that exposed hundreds of millions of car owners to the risk of theft from attackers using gadgets available online for £100. In March 2018, Range Rovers were fitted with preventive technology, but the manufacturers chose not to disclose that older models remained at risk. In the past Volkswagen sued to prevent a security researcher from publishing his findings for two years, and Tesla sought to suppress a video that demonstrated how one of its models could be stolen without a key. More than a dozen flaws have been found in BMWs alone.

tags: cars, hackers, security, vulnerabilities, Internet of Things

Writer: Sian Boyle and James Salmon; BBC

Publication: Daily Mail; BBC

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