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100 million cars vulnerable to simple hack, scientists say

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100 million cars vulnerable to simple hack, scientists say

<p>Up to 100 million cars could be unlocked and potentially stolen by simply copying the radio frequency used in remote control locking systems, computer scientists say. </p> <p><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3010178-Volkswagen-amp-HiTag2-Keyless-Entry-System.html#document/p1">Researchers from the University of Birmingham</a>, focused their study on vehicles made by Volkswagen group. They claim massive flaws exist in the current keyless entry devices used by car manufacturers. </p> <p>They say it is easy to open the vehicles and also bypass engine immobilisers.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Almost all cars sold by Volkswagen since 1995 are vulnerable to a hack that can unlock the vehicle: <a href="https://t.co/F0iHnK9bbY">https://t.co/F0iHnK9bbY</a></p>— <span class="caps">WIRED</span> (@WIRED) <a href="https://twitter.com/WIRED/status/763493885645615104">August 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The alleged vulnerability could explain the mysterious number of thefts of cars using such technology. </p> <p>Volkswagen, which is already reeling from last’s year’s diesel emission scandal, has said it knows about the problem.</p>