Car thieves are using technology to their advantage to gain access to vehicles.
According to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), car thieves are turning to a keyless entry hack to break into vehicles. The so-called “scanner boxes” have been in use for over five years with surveillance footage showing thieves using a mysterious small box to remotely unlock vehicles.
“Our law enforcement partners tell us they are seeing this type of criminal activity and have recovered some of the illegal devices,” said NICB president Joe Wehrle. “And unfortunately, some of these devices are available on the internet.”
Authorities are not divulging information on how the technology works, but it’s most likely that most key fobs utilize a “rolling” code that changes each time the button is pressed, so a single transmission is useless if it’s simply stored and used. The researchers identified that the vulnerability uses at least one transmission from the key fob for each vehicle, hinting that drivers could better protect themselves by manually locking the doors.