Three Quarters of Stolen Cars in France Were Hacked
Think car hacking isn't a problem? Think again. Electronic hacking is responsible for 75 percent of cars that are stolen in France. This comes just months after scientists in the UK warned that high-end brands like Porsche and Maserati are at risk of electronic hacking and Jeep initiated a software update to prevent hacking in its cars. The hack, called "mouse jacking" requires a kit that can be purchased on the internet for £700 or about $1079. It lets thieves walk away with stolen cars in just a matter of minutes. The news about France's hacking numbers have prompted French car magazine 40 Million Motorists to call for greater security. RELATED: The Tesla Model S Was Hacked and Tesla is Fighting Back
According to Telegraph, the hack involves capturing the radio frequency that identifies the key being used to start the ignition. The hack captures that signal and can then duplicate it to easily start the engine without the key and drive away.
The number one stolen car was the Smart Fortwo, which accounted for nearly 12 percent of all thefts followed by the Ford Fiest at 11 percent. In third place was the Peugeot 406 at 6 percent. Knowing cars can be so easily hacked and stolen is one thing, but these numbers prove just how deep the problem runs. Automakers need a solution to this problem now to keep our cars in our own hands.
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