Keyless entry is no longer considered a luxury feature on cars, it's expected by buyers and has become a standard item. But those little key fobs that make using your car so convenient are also causing some major problems.
One auto manufacturer, in particular, is encountering trouble with remote-cloning, placing millions of drivers at risk. Over 100 million vehicles could be compromised by hackers who have reverse-engineered the keyless entry system. What's worse, the hack doesn't even require expensive software. Hackers are doing this using basic radios.
If you own a Volkswagen that was manufactured between 1995 - 2016 and has keyless entry, your vehicle is vulnerable to what's called "key cloning."
Key cloning is a tactic used by hackers to record the codes passing through keyless entry systems as they communicate with one another. To do this, hackers eavesdrop using modified radios that are easy to make and cost less than $50.
When you consider that VW owners are spread all across the world, this news doesn't seem all that worrisome. The odds of a hacker targeting your vehicle seem very slim.
But the most shocking information coming out is that hackers could be targeting VW's global master keys, which could give them access to every VW vehicle they encounter.