The Washington Post reported the keyless entry systems of an estimated 100 million vehicles “contain flaws that could help a tech-savvy thief break in,” according to research presented at the Usenix cybersecurity conference Friday. Researchers at the University of Birmingham and German engineering firm Kasper & Oswald “discovered two flaws in keyless entry systems used by various automakers.” One affects the keyless entry systems of “nearly all Volkswagen Group vehicles made since 1995,” and another affects the security of a keyless entry system “used in vehicles from other manufacturers, including some Chevrolet and Ford models.”
Cyber security experts discover flaw in keyless entry systems in millions of vehicles. The AP reports that a group of cyber security experts delivered a paper Friday at the Usenix conference in Austin explaining “how to hack the keyless entry systems used on millions of cars, meaning that thieves could, in theory, break in and steal items without leaving a broken window.” The defect mostly affects “millions of cars made by Volkswagen since 1995” but also applies to similar keyless systems “used by other brands, including Ford, Chevrolet, Renault and General Motors’ Opel.”
From the news release of the American Association for Justice.