Hack to steal cars with keyless ignition: Volkswagen spent 2 years hiding flaw – Computerworld

Posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Supposedly you could become a “keyless” car thief capable of stealing Ferraris or other high-end cars with keyless engine start functions such as those in Audi, Fiat, Honda, Volkswagen and Volvo vehicles if only one sentence had not been omitted from a research paper. That deleted sentence was the end game for three security researchers who have been gagged for two years about a flaw in keyless cars.

Most people have a “dream” car which they would own if money were no option. Mine is a Tesla S P85D with a hardware upgrade so it would include a “Ludicrous” mode making it capable of doing 0-60 in 2.8 seconds. “It’s faster than falling,” explained Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “It’s like having your own private roller coaster.”

For some people, a high-end Volkswagen, a Porsche or a Lamborghini is their dream car and they actually own one. Those are the types of luxury vehicles that high-tech car thieves get “orders” for and then steal. Volkswagen should be ashamed of funneling its money and resources into gagging security researchers for two years instead of fixing a flaw in high-tech keys that thieves could exploit to steal high-end cars.

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