A hacker named “EvanConnect” has come up with a device which will aid users break into any luxury car that uses a wireless key fob system. He has named the device “keyless repeater” which he sells for $9,000 and demonstrated that how it works in a video which he released recently.
In the video, he can be seen moving towards an unattended car that belongs to his friend who gave him permission to use it and using the small handheld device with an antenna to unlock the driver’s side door of the car and start the engine. This was reported by dailymail.co.uk.
In the video, he also confesses that he cannot guarantee as to how his customers might use the device.
In the interview, he does mention that the device is designed to work on all luxury cars except for those that use frequencies between 22 and 40 kHz. These include Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Bentley and Rolls Royce models which were released after 2014.
Also, he goes on to add that the upgraded version of the same for $12,000 which can unlock any car that uses a wireless fob system.
“Honestly I can tell you that I have not stolen a car with technology, it is very easy to do, but the way I see it, why would I get my hands dirty when I can make money just selling the tools to other people,” he said.
Samy Kamkar, who is a security expert Vice after reviewing EvanConnect’s footage, said the keyless repeater technology is commonly known in the field.
“I can not validate that the video is legitimate but I can say that it is 100 percent reasonable (I have personally performed the same attack on more than a dozen vehicles with hardware I’ve built and very easy to demonstrate),” the report quoted Kamkar.