Don’t Drive Your Keyless Car Into JB Cuz M’sia Car Thieves Can Steal It Easily With A $50 Device

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Nowadays, car thieves also like a high tech sia.

I still remember the days, where stealing a car would mean breaking into a car and somehow starting the engine before getting away—or snatching a car from someone, GTA style.

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…And a cop would magically appear out of some corner and you’re in deep shit.

But times are changing, and everything is going high tech, including the way you gain access to your vehicles. And then one day, out of the blue, someone realized that they can gain access to cars with keyless entry using a RM150 (S$50) device.

According to an unnamed source by The Straits Times, said device could unlock almost any car with keyless entry.

“Some local hackers have been approached to offer their services to members of the car theft syndicate,” said the source.

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If you are a hacker, would you actually do something like that for the syndicate?

What if the car thieves were to steal your car using this very same device? Karma’s a bitch and I believe we all love it that way.

The Straits Time’s source further explained that:

“The device has to be attached to a computer and run with simple frequency monitoring software, which can be downloaded for free from the Internet.”

“The software reads the frequency transmitted between the remote key and car system.”

“It can capture the frequency code used to lock the car. At the same time, it decrypts the rolling codes transmitted back by the car to the remote key, to unlock the vehicle.”

Another method employed by the thieves would be to “attack” the car system. The device would broadcast a signal mimicking the remote to the car and “convince” the system into responding using a rolling code.

“Thieves have also been known to steal the code from the remote key by broadcasting a radio signal to it.”

“This emulates the car communicating with the key, which will automatically send a response.”

“The car thieves will then capture and decrypt the frequency transmitted from the key and pair it with the car’s locking system to unlock the vehicle,” the source added.

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Well, I don’t know about you guys, but most of my Malaysian friends actually use a steering wheel lock.

Keyless entry may be convenient, but there’s nothing safer than physical locks! I would also recommend for you to keep a crowbar in your car. That way, even if someone were to attempt to pull a GTA on you, you can still defend yourself!

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