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Police are finally starting to catch up to crafty thieves who are using a cheap wireless fob to hack into cars. The device, which has been used in other break-ins around the world, had confounded authorities until now.

After being burglarized last year, Rick Henzel of Winnipeg, Man. installed security cameras and trained them on his driveway. The cameras caught a group of men as they walked up to his Lexus and unlocked the doors with an mysterious electronic instrument. They then helped themselves to the contents.

Michael Legary, a security expert with Seccuris, told CBC News that the thieves hacked into his car using a device that emits an electromagnetic pulse. The thieves used it to trick the car into thinking it was a legitimate key fob, enabling them to gain entrance and steal his valuables in mere minutes.

Manufacturers of the device told CBC that it sells for five dollars, and that at least 19 have been shipped to Winnipeg in the past three months.

Unfortunately, as it stands, the only way to protect yourself from this threat is to have your keyless entry disabled by a mechanic. As more electronics are integrated into car design, hacking has the potential to become a global crisis on roadways.



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      • 1 Year Ago
      Not only can they open them but can start them as well. When a country opens its doors and they allow tons of crooks into ours(usa) they(crooks)are in better shape than a kid in a candy store every govt program that has to do with money in any way is being abused. Start with food stamps! When you drive a benz and use a food card something is wrong. THANKS Joe Riemo for teaching me the finer points of being a Gumshoe. All ways in my blood! WANT TO SAVE MONEY PRES OBAMA, I COULD SAVE YOU BILLIONS FROM FRAUD ALONE!!! i,m just joe shmoe, but i know how to do a job!!!!
        linkacsemail
        • 1 Year Ago
        Food stamps have nothing to do with the story, nor does immigration. Your Tea Party bullshit "drives a Benz and use a food card" is a specious example and stereotype. The main users of food stamps are families with children (look it up), not guys in $2,000.00 suits rolling in a Mercedes. This is simply an example of technology being used to defeat new features with application which was unanticipated.
        comment814
        • 1 Year Ago
        'When a country opens its doors and they allow tons of crooks into ours(usa)' um, ok, yeah, so i guess there were never any crooks within the USA already! lol, do you even read what you wrote! instead of being so 'average' why don't you DO SOMETHING about what your complaining about anyway!
      Victor Caceres
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why the hell is it being manufactured in the first place? I think that the gov should pull all their licenses for aiding in criminal activities. They need to stop these companies that make it easy for your average criminal to victimize society.
        rjsparling
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Victor Caceres
        Is that a serious question? Do you think it is illegal to make things and sell them?
          Jo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rjsparling
          It can be if those items are manufactured and sold to enable criminals to be more effective as thieves.
      mcybersmith
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want one of those - where can I get it?
      • 1 Year Ago
      OK, so lets post this on an international site where would-be thieves can see it and learn from it! If there were a way to thwart it (aside from disabling the keyless entry all together), then I'd see a value in this article. Just another case of too much information.
      Recon1
      • 1 Year Ago
      What bothers me is that whoever released the video tries to protect the identity of the thief. they should have enhanced it and included it in the video. Put a target on the thief's back. But then Canada is more politically correct than the US.
      BIG DADDY
      • 1 Year Ago
      concealed carry permit
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a little nicer way for thieves to break in compared to the old fashioned way of throwing a brick through your window.
      Clyek
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I catch you ******* with my car, I have a device also and your ***** ass ain't going to like it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      First paragraph, "an mysterious electronic instrument." should be "a mysterious electronic instrument." Also, this mysterious device sucks. I don't want to disable my keyless entry.
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should give the best price where to buy..
      xgomazx
      • 1 Year Ago
      As the old saying goes." the more you overtake the plumbing. the easier it is to stop up the drain" Unfortunately this is only just starting. The more gadgets get computerised. the more likely they will be hacked Cutsie toy. But I still prefer my old lock nd key
        Ken
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xgomazx
        I believe the "original" words of Engineer Montgomery Scott in "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" were, "The more they gussy up the plumbing, the easier it is to stop the drain."
      vendelavee
      • 1 Year Ago
      The advice is that if you are going to park your car in a remote area, it's best to undo one of the battery cables so they can't start it. Also DO NOT leave valuables like, iPads, iPhones, GPS devices, purses, etc. in the car in plain sight where thieves can see them. They only give the thieves a reason to break into your car.
        Ed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vendelavee
        vendelavee . . .a kill switch does essentially the same thing and can be installed in such a way (by using a new extended battery cable) that you don't have to deal with the battery under the hood every time you want to start the car . . . i had a 3 series BMW coupe that i put extensive modifications on, and used the kill swith everyday . . . placed it in my center console bewtween the seats . . .
          gordonmacwilliam
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ed
          Back in 1973 I installed Chrysler electronic ignition with a kill switch under the passenger seat of my 1971 Datsun 240Z. My wife and I lived in a basement apartment and the vehicle was stolen from the driveway just outside. My upstairs neighbor told me that she heard the car repeatedly trying to start, but it never did. The thieves towed the vehicle and I never saw it again.
        Rhett C. Bowling
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vendelavee
        That's right! Out of sight, out of mind!
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