Wireless Hack Lets Crooks Clone Volkswagen Keys

Posted by HardOCP News 8:58 AM (CDT)

Thursday August 11, 2016

More bad news for Volkswagen owners. Researchers from the University of Birmingham have reverse engineered the keyless entry system of many Volkswagen cars. Up to one hundred million cars made between 2000 and 2016 could be affected.

If you own a Volkswagen with keyless entry, it's likely to be vulnerable to a remote-cloning attack, according to new research. After reverse-engineering the keyless entry systems of multiple VW models from the early 2000s to 2016, a team of researchers believe that the vast majority of the 100 million vehicles from VW Group sold in that time are vulnerable to a key-cloning attack that leaves the ignition and keyless entry system exposed to tampering.