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Mopars not hacked; VW problem

by David Zatz on

Earlier reports suggesting that thieves were hacking into Dodge and Jeeps has turned out to be overstated; the people implicated in several car thefts turned out to be using stolen dealership software, and did not actually create a hack to open locks or start engines.

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Meanwhile, Volkswagen and Audi have a true hacking risk now. Automotive News reported  that computer experts at the University of Birmingham (UK) have found that people can easily clone VW/Audi remotes by “listening in” on owners’ key fobs with cheap hardware.

The attack appears to work on most Audis, Volkswagens, Seats, and Skodas sold since 1995, around 100 million cars, right up to 2016 Audis but not including the latest MQB-based cars.

Volkswagen’s vulnerability, shared with Audi and possibly Porsche, is based on use of a constant-key scheme long since abandoned by most garage door companies.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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