There’s a reason cops are telling people to wrap their car fobs in tin foil. And if your local police haven’t urged you to do this yet, then you’re falling behind. A new scam is targeting drivers and can put them in danger. Police don’t want that to happen to good and innocent people, so they’re taking time out of their schedules to share the warning with various people across their jurisdictions.
Cars are something that you want to protect. They cost thousands of dollars to purchase and thousands of dollars to maintain over the life of them. You need a car to get to and from work, and you need a car to complete your errands. Unless you subscribe to Zipcar or use Uber services everywhere you go, you need a car to get where you’re going.
Many people invest lots of money to keep their car secure. They purchase car alarms and subscribe to services like Onstar that are capable of finding your car if it is stolen. Other motorists simply use a Club to lock their steering wheel when the car is not in use. This tool is great because potential thieves can easily see it and will want to avoid dealing with that car as it becomes a hassle more than anything.
But now computer hackers are taking their activity offline and onto the roadways. Because car manufacturers continue to make their vehicles more and more complex and install computerized systems on board them, a cyber-terrorist or hacker can use their computer skills to break into your vehicle rather easily.
The car fob puts your security at risk. If someone wants to hack into your vehicle, the best way to do it (and the easiest way) is through your car fob. While this should scare you, you should also know that there are ways to keep it safe from hackers.
Former Israeli Air Force member and CEO of GuardKnox Cyber Technology, Moishe Shlisel has a life-hack to keep your key fob data secure. While it is quite old-fashioned, it works without fail – and that is how Moishe likes his tools to be. If they can fail easily, then they are not very secure.
He wraps his car fob in aluminum foil. And it keeps hackers away.
“You know it works if you can’t unlock a car door when the fob is inside,” said Moshe. “The credit card holders don’t work because they’re essentially a net rather than a wall.”
Recently, Detroit automakers invited Moishe to help them boost security. And he said the fob needed to be worked on extensively.
“This should be something we don’t need to wrap with foil. It’s 2018,” he said. “Car companies need to find a way so no one can replicate the messages and the communication between the key and the vehicle.”
Cybersecurity expert Holly Hubert who worked with the FBI until retiring in 2017 agrees.
“Although it’s not ideal, it is the most inexpensive way,” said Hubert. “The cyber threat is so dynamic and ever changing, it’s hard for consumers to keep up.”
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