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Old 06-18-13, 11:15 AM   #1
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New cars being targeted by thieves using unknown technology
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos

The old adage of there never being such a thing as a pick-proof lock is being prooved once again by persistent car-thieves. According to this story from ABC News in California, a couple of people were caught on tape easily breaking into a number of vehicles using some sort of palm-sized gadget to disable the alarms and open the doors.

Police are stumped about what the possible technology could be although apparently the string of thefts stretching as far north as Illinois means it's more than just an isolated incident. The amount of development that goes into anti-theft technology by the automakers is pretty amazing, but nothing is foolproof.

Although some think the devices could be cloned key fobs that were duplicated illegally by dealership employees, that would seem difficult to believe since so many different kinds of vehicles were stolen at the same time. The video shows two Acuras getting nicked, while police say Mazdas and BMWs have also gone, but an older Cadillac and Ford Escape proved immune to the gadget.

One MSN Autos Canada editor believes that's what happened on her street last year when newer vehicles were burglarized while older ones weren't touched at all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmRZg...ayer_embedded#!
link: http://www.thepassinglane.ca/2013/06...echnology.html

has anyone heard about this new theft technique?
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Old 06-18-13, 11:19 AM   #2
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should we be glad we have old cars then?
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Old 06-18-13, 11:30 AM   #3
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keyless entry hack?

old tech 2GS FTW! lol
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I'm surprised that no one has managed to create an iphone acc to hack these vehicles.
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a couple of people were caught on tape easily breaking into a number of vehicles
They probably shouldn't have mentioned that in the article. Future thieves will (now) probably work on devices to disable security cameras.
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I got some old technology for thieves
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If the theives hit you with an electronic taser before you can fire, that gun won't do you much good. Worse, it will allow THEM to come over and TAKE the gun....then where are you?
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Apparently some thieves would go to the passenger side, take a device and scan something ? Anyway some automakers have reportedly reached out to thieves regarding this sort of technology. I doubt anyones come forward though lol
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I read somewhere that these Technology is widely used in China. What it does

Scan anything wirelessly controlled and logged that into the memory. The thief is sitting at the parking lot or walking around to search for a good car. According to the Logged signale Distant from The source, the Thief can then walk in a Radius to see which car react to it. Then VOILA!!

This technology is the same as the one you used to scan your Garage Door Opener....on your new car
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This exact topic has been getting picked up by new sources annually for the last 5 years or so. I was wondering when it was going to appear for 2013.
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I read somewhere that these Technology is widely used in China. What it does

Scan anything wirelessly controlled and logged that into the memory. The thief is sitting at the parking lot or walking around to search for a good car. According to the Logged signale Distant from The source, the Thief can then walk in a Radius to see which car react to it. Then VOILA!!

This technology is the same as the one you used to scan your Garage Door Opener....on your new car
This. Thieves in Russia have been using these devices for at least 2 - 3 years. And they are not that hard to find either. If I remember correctly, you can buy them in Russia or China for $100 - $300.
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Crazy but not surprised
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If the theives hit you with an electronic taser before you can fire, that gun won't do you much good. Worse, it will allow THEM to come over and TAKE the gun....then where are you?
True, but i take tasers for fun they feel like ant bites too me!

Ok not really
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keyless entry hack?

old tech 2GS FTW! lol
got that right
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good ole low encryption rfid perhaps? If you know anything about rfid, you know how easy it would be for someone to copy our keyfobs (for those of us with the start/stop engine button). Wish manufacturers would use stronger encryption...
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