Good thing your car isn't on a network, right? Oh, wait. Well good thing that the designers thought long and hard about security, right? Oh, wait:
Security wasn't an afterthought. It wasn't thought of at all.
Car thieves of the future might be able to get into a car and drive away without forced entry and without needing a physical key, according to new research that will be presented at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium next month in San Diego, California.
The researchers successfully attacked eight car manufacturers' passive keyless entry and start systems—wireless key fobs that open a car's doors and start the engine by proximity alone.
Capkun and Aurélien Francillon and Boris Danev, both researchers in the same institution, examined 10 car models from the eight manufacturers. They were able to access all 10 and drive them away by intercepting and relaying signals from the cars to their wireless keys.
How do you know if you're vulnerable? If you can start your car via your key fob, you almost certainly are. If you can unblock your car doors via a key fob, you're at increased risk of theft, but less than the new wireless cars. Or shield your key when not in use. Leaving it in, say, an old ammo can gives you extra style points for shielding.
The Borepatch recommendation is to drive something without all the new fangled electronics. Like this:
Or since, as they say, this baby don't run on faith, perhaps one of these: