Hackers Able to Access “Millions” of Volkswagen Cars

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With modern technology a key part of the make-up of the latest cars, being able to hack your way into a vehicle is something that should have been made impossible. While many manufacturers have done their best to prevent it, Volkswagen have had to admit that “millions” of models made between 1995 and 2016 – including Audi, Seat and Skoda models under the brand umbrella – can be accessed by hackers.

Many think hacking is something that is restricted to just computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones; but this revelation goes to prove that you can never be too sure on just who can gain access to your personal possessions.

It’s believed that hackers have been able to unlock what is described as “a sizable portion” of the 100 million VW-owned models made since 1995, although they are unable to start the engines. In a recent release it was revealed that all the hackers need is a homemade radio to get in.

The hackers have been found to have cloned the key fobs used to enter the vehicles, allowing them to unlock them without even owning a key that would allow them to start and drive the vehicle.

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Volkswagen say “millions” of cars could be affected

It is a serious issue for Volkswagen to contend with, and other manufacturers to learn from for that matter. Keyless entry has been scrutinised for some years already now as people worry about whether or not their vehicles are locked when they walk away and who might be able to gain access to their beloved motors.

This news won’t go towards dispelling those fears, and many owners may start to think twice when reading the spec sheet prior to buying a new car with keyless entry.

Volkswagen have stated that they were made aware of the hack, and have been working towards a resolution that will prevent it from happening to any more of their vehicles – helping their competitors at the same time with the combined end goal of improving car security for owners.

One security expert, who gave their opinion on the subject in the same BBC article referred to earlier, said that “the problem manufacturers have now is not so much with the new models, but with the existing base of vehicles out there”, meaning that they have no way of rectifying the issue that could affect so many cars already on driveways around the UK and further afield.

It’s important to add at this stage that there is no immediate cause for alarm. The hackers are highly skilled academics and their findings have been published in a research paper. Manufacturers believe that it is not something that can be duplicated by opportunist thieves.

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