- Luxury car key codes cracked
Won’t be long before it gets out in the public domain and we see a surge in thefts of RRs, Bentleys etc 🙂
Nice of VW to just try and keep it quiet rather than refitting the cars with proper security….Posted 4 years agoMurrayMember
I think this is positive. No mechanical lock is perfect – safes are rated by the time it takes to open them, chains by the time with different classes of tools.
Electronic locks are generally good but a single “picking” can unlock lots of locks. Think D-locks and biros for a real world analogy.
This should stop manufacturers and insurance companies from blandly claiming that their locks are unpickable. It should come down to balance of probability like every other civil case. If a particular class of locks has been hacked, that should reduce the insurances companies chance of claiming that the owner had left their keys out etc.
I’d also like some liability to come back from the insurance companies to the car manufacturers. That’s the only thing that will cause them to take this seriously.Posted 4 years agomaxtorqueMember
What exactly have these so called “scientists” actually discovered?? er, nothing that wasn’t known already. They have just been clever enough to reverse engineer an existing system. Hardly ground breaking knowledge that needs to be in the public domain. I bet if i went round and picked the lock on their lab, and let a load of chavs nic all their laptops they’d be a bit miffed!
If man can devise something, then another man (or woman!) can hack it. Car security is a compromise. Afterall, we could supply an armed guard who stays with every car after it is sold and only lets the actual owner drive it. That would be relatively secure, but a bit expensive and a PITA to actually implement!Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
What exactly have these so called “scientists” actually discovered??
The point of cryptography is that if you devise a strong encryption method you can publish the algorithm and there is no concern as without the private key you cannot crack the code without a hugely disproportionate effort (taking many years or more).
The trouble is that most systems using cryptography seem to poorly implement a strong method, making it very vulnerable eg early Wifi was a good example as every encrypted packet started with the same data, unscrambled, making cracking it very easy as you knew what you were looking for.
The point of the research is to expose poorly implemented methods so people change them and also are more aware of best practice. If they can crack the key codes easily then it is the manufacturer at fault for either choosing a weak encryption method of poorly implementing it.Posted 4 years ago
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