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Car locks picked by German ingenuity

Metro Teknik · 18 Jun 2008
Uppdaterad 15 Feb 2011
German mathematicians have found a new way to steal cars with remote-controlled locks.

German mathematicians have found a new way to steal cars with remote-controlled locks. Foto: Scanpix


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German mathematicians have found a new way to steal cars with remote-controlled locks.The Keeloq system, produced by US company Microchip Technology, is used by thousands of Swedish car users."The results are shocking. But a number of car manufacturers we spoke to said that, because their customers don't care, neither do they," said professor Christof Paar at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, head of the research group that cracked the system.It is expected to be only a matter of time before details of how the system can be beaten begin to appear on the internet."Changes will only occur if Volvo and the other manufacturers go to Microchip Technology and say they want a new and more secure system," said Paar.When thieves use keys to steal cars, the victim is often not covered by insurance. As such, the German research could sound a death knell for the current Keeloq system.As early as last autumn, The German researchers cracked the algorithms behind the Keeloq system. Now they have succeeded in cracking the actual hardware with method due to be presented at a conference later this summer.

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