Your car key is not as safe as you think Security of electronic keys was kept under the eye of the investigators after there were several reports of assaults without obvious explanation on the methods used.
A group of researchers spotted failures in the electronic key security of millions of cars. The experts found that with an electronic assembly and about 35 euros in software, anyone can open the cars that use this locking system.
The safety of these cars was kept under review by investigators after there were several reports of assaults with no obvious explanation of the methods used. According to El Pais, as of the 2000s cars started to use restricted systems where the codes to open the cars were encrypted in the keys and, later, in the cards that served as means to start the operation of the vehicle.
After analyzing the keys to millions of cars of various makes, scientists concluded that rudimentary computer systems coupled with some programming knowledge bypassed coding, making it easy to change vehicle reprogramming and door code access. The Spanish newspaper also mentions the cars that do not have the key to start working. Those who use card or “passive ignition” are still an easier target for criminals.
Marks affected by security code vulnerability:
According to experts, only Volkswagen has used for decades a small number of master keys around the world. This increases the brand’s vulnerability and researchers alerted the group in November last year with a full report on the safety of their equipment.
In order to prevent robberies, and because it may not be appropriate to change a car, it is best to always take care of the belongings you leave visible in the car and make sure that you leave the vehicle closed, because the affected marks have not hitherto shown a desire to change the Encryption of keys.