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A $32 hacker gadget opens almost any car or garage door

A $32 hacker gadget opens almost any car or garage door
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Get ready for a lot more scary news about new hacking threats. DefCon is the biggest "white hat" hacking conference in the world. It's also the most prestigious platform for cybersecurity experts to reveal the latest weaknesses in our electronic gadgets. Ahead of the conference, which started Thursday in Las Vegas, one good guy hacker unveiled the first of what will likely be many very disturbing threats.

His name is Samy Kamkar, and he's the same guy who uncovered a security flaw in OnStar that lets hackers lock, unlock and start your car. He's also the guy who hacked a child's toy into a universal garage door opener and created an algorithm that can open any Master combo lock. I showed it to you on my video page:

Kamkar doesn't expose these flaws to make it easier for criminals to steal stuff. He's trying to help companies fix the holes in their security and raise awareness of security issues. His newest terrifying trick is a little gadget built out of $32 worth of electronics.

It can open almost any car with a remote key-fob radio AND almost any garage door. His tool is called "RollJam," and it beats one of the key security features of most electronic locks with a simple workaround.

Next page: How RollJam works and how to spot it
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