Wednesday, August 02, 2006

How to steal RFID-equiped cars

Boing Boing reports that cars fitted with RFID-enabled locking systems are (not) surprisingly easy to steal. Thieves can remove a simple fuse and disable the RFID reader, find the spare key, use RFID-enabled blank keys they bought or stole from a dealer, or, most astonishingly of all, use a "semi-secret" sequence of pulls on the hand-brake to bypass the system. (Note: a semi-secret is not a secret.)

The biggest risk is that since insurance companies claim that RFID-keys are infallible, they often refuse to pay out when the car is stolen.

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