For years, automakers and hackers have known about a clever attack that spoofs the signal from a wireless car key fob to open a vehicle’s doors, and even drive it away. But even after repeated demonstrations—and real thefts—the technique still works on a number of models. Now a team of Chinese researchers has not only demonstrated the attack again but also made it cheaper and easier than ever.
Two alleged thieves in the UK were caught on camera stealing a Mercedes without even touching the car keys. Police say they did it using technology called “relay boxes.”
West Midland, UK – 28 November 2017 – A pair of alleged thieves were caught on surveillance camera pulling off a high-tech (and high-dollar) crime, police in the UK say. The video shows two suspects approaching a white Mercedes Benz parked in a driveway. One person stands near the car while the other moves closer to the garage, each with a device in hand.
Bledsoe County – 23 October 2017 – Officers in Bledsoe County have charged a paramedic with stealing a gun, after a repo man told police he pulled the stolen gun on him at his home Monday morning.
Mobile, AL – 21 September 2017 – Mobile Police say a man pulled a gun on a repo man to steal his car back. The incident occurred Wednesday at approximately 7:12 PM at Ladd Stadium. Police say the victim repossessed the car in the 1700 block of Virginia Street.
Irwington, GA – May 26, 2015 – Police say a repo man may have stolen as many as 60 cars from across metro Atlanta. Tracey Michael Ford is accused of using stolen rigs to haul cars from the metro area back to his shops in Milledgeville.