Volkswagen bug: 100M vehicles vulnerable to door unlocking hack

The bug affects the keyless entry system of nearly every car Volkswagen has sold since 1995.
The bug affects the keyless entry system of nearly every car Volkswagen has sold since 1995.

Nearly 100 million Volkswagen vehicles are affected by a vulnerability that would allow an attacker to remotely and discretely unlock a car without a key.

The bug affects the keyless entry system of nearly every car Volkswagen has sold since 1995 and was discovered by University of Birmingham computer scientist Flavio Garcia along with a team of researchers, according to Wired.

Later this week at the Usenix Security Symposium in Austin, a team of Birmingham University researchers will unveil this attack and a separate attack which affects millions of additional vehicles including Alfa Romeo, Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, and Peugeot.

Both attacks can be performed with very little cost using a software defined radio connected to a laptop or even an Arduino board with an attached radio receiver.

Combined with a different attack which Garcia disclosed last year, an attacker could effectively unlock a car, start its ignition and drive off. 

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