The BBC have recently reported on the fact that millions of Volkswagen vehicles can be unlocked via a simple hack. The problem affects a range of vehicles manufactured between 1995 and 2016 including VWs and some models from the Audi, Seat and Skoda brands.
The simple hack allows criminals to remotely unlock vehicles with a simple click of a button. Researchers have been shocked to find that hackers have been able to intercept key fob signals in order to target cars. Millions of digital car keys have been found to use the same methods to unlock cars and once the keyless entry system is affected it can be reverse-engineered in order to work for many different cars and models.
A homemade radio costing approximately £30 is the only hardware an attacker requires. Volkswagen produce around 10 million cars each year and have stated that they are working with researchers in order to resolve this problem. A spokesman for VW has said that several new vehicles were unaffected by the issue, stating that owners of their new models of Golf, Tiguan, Touran and Passat are safe from this hack. To read the full story visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37057689
Researchers have said that this is not the first finding of this kind and that there have been many similar issues with modern cars all having the same base controls in order to unlock the model. This problem could have devastating consequences and the fact that the problem stems back through ten years of models of cars means that it is very difficult to solve the problem. Manufacturers are now creating the security for their cars in different ways but this still means that there are cars on the roads that are unsecure.