cars are increasingly being targeted by organised gangs who are taking advantage of weaknesses in vehicle security systems.
Vehicles fitted with keyless
entry and start systems are being targeted by thieves.
Billyeald adds: "Our guidance for worried drivers is first and foremost to understand if your vehicle has a keyless
entry/start system or not, as it is often an optional extra.
"The wireless signal from some keyless
fobs can be turned off; consult the manual or contact the manufacturer to find out if this is possible."
based its report on data from the General German Automobile Club, which saw 237 keyless
cars tested and found that all but three of them are susceptible to relay attacks, where criminals use a device to trick a car into thinking a key is within close enough range to be opened and started.
Thieves have been using keyless
theft - also known as the relay attack - for several years but manufacturers continue to make new models that can be stolen in this way, meaning there is an ever-larger pool of vehicles being targeted.
said: "Thieves have been using keyless
theft - also known as the relay attack - for several years, but manufacturers continue to make new models that can be stolen in this way, meaning there is an ever-larger pool of vehicles for thieves to target."
The General German Automobile Club (ADAC) tested a total of 237 keyless
cars and found that all but three of them are susceptible to relay attacks.
"While keeping your keyless
entry fobs out of sight or hidden is recommended, it does not stop it from being cloned.
After reverse-engineering the keyless
entry system, they were able to clone the key fob signal in less than two seconds using around $600 worth of gear, per Wired.
The Consumers' Foundation of Taiwan issued a warning and called for enforcement of safety recommendations on the use of keyless
ignition systems in automobiles on Aug.
Summary: German engineering firm Bosch has launched an app Perfectly Keyless
, which enables the smartphone to replace the analogue vehicle key.