Security Exposed? How Thieves Are Hacking Into Cars

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Everything is going wireless these days, but does that open up a threat to your car? Reports of electronic hackers getting into your car have circulated since the inception of keyless entry systems. The news is nothing new, but came to light recently when some products from FCA fell victim to hacking. Critical components of the car including the brakes and the transmission were able to be controlled remotely, although it took extensive work to get to that point.

The amount of work needed to hack into that system should comfort us when we hear about cars being unlocked by hackers. I personally don’t believe it’s as easy as some media outlets suggest. There’s a rolling code built within automotive security systems for a reason… because it works.¬†Unlocking your car transmits one signal, but once you push the button to start the car, it requests a completely different¬†signal from the remote. That part of the information exchange hasn’t been hacked into yet, and as such poses the lowest threat.

However, now that you’re able to unlock a car with a smartphone app, it opens up new questions. Whether that poses a threat to Corvettes is yet to be determined, but if you want to see the newest hoopla, just watch the video below.

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Via [ABC News]

Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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