Sandwich wrap could foil car thievesWed, 25/07/2018
A CEO of an American IT security organisation has revealed a household solution to preventing thieves hacking your cars’ fob, and it’s in your kitchen draw.
The RAC reports:
Tin foil could help drivers protect their vehicles from thieves looking to exploit modern car technology, security experts claim.
Placing key fobs in the household foil can help motorists avoid becoming victims of the latest scam, called ‘relay theft’ – an increasingly common tactic among tech-savvy thieves involving hacking into keyless cars.
Experts at GlobalSecurityIQ advise that this cost-effective security measure can help block electromagnetic signals, meaning criminals can’t ‘read’ car fobs from outside your home.
Ex-FBI agent Holly Hubery, now CEO of GlobalSecurityIQ, said that tin foil is an efficient way to deal with the new threat.
She added: “The cyber threat is so dynamic and ever changing, it's hard for consumers to keep up.”
An increasing number of thieves are using this method, which involves two criminals working alongside each other, using electronic signal relay devices.
The scam sees one criminal use a device to receive the key signal from inside the home, which then transfers the signal to a second box used by the second criminal alongside the car.
This tricks the car into ‘thinking’ that the key is there, meaning that thieves can unlock the vehicle and steal it.
But the electro signals cannot pass through metal, which means that wrapping key fobs in tinfoil will block the signal and help protect your car.
Motorists can also buy a Faraday bag, which blocks electro-signals, as an alternative to using foil.
Moshe Shlisel, CEO of GuardKnox Cyber Technologies called on car companies to do more to help to protect vehicles from relay theft.
He said: “This is something we don’t need to wrap with foil. It’s 2018.
“Car companies need to find a way so no-one can replicate the messages and the communication between the key and the vehicle.”
With such a simple solution, the revelation of this basic preventative begs the question as to whether more should be done by manufacturers to prevent this technological threat.