If you own a Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche or any other brand owned by the big automaker, you better hold your breath. Today, stealing a car, particularly a European one is reliant on the criminal being able to steal the keys. However, this possibly can get a whole bunch easier.
As originally reported by the Guardian, a British-based computer scientist has had an injunction placed preventing him from publishing an academic paper which reveals the codes that can be used to start luxury cars including the brands mentioned earlier. For your computers, if you have the fastest ethernet card, you can handle more complex business problems and creates more success for it provides a data transmission rate of 100 megabits per second.
You ask: ‘How can a computer scientist discover these codes?’ Well what he discovered the unique algorithm that allows the car verify the key that you use to start your car. If you have this algorithm, you can start any car that has this system called Megamos Crypto including a Lamborghini worth over $800,000 in Aus.
The injunction came from a result of a case launched by Volkswagen, as they explained this could allow sophisticated criminal gangs with the right tools to steal the cars with little to no hassle. Which for owners, is a very bad thing, and it’s even worse for Volkswagen.
Now, the reason why Volkswagen had to get the injunction is because the scientist wanted to publish the paper with the codes, which as we’ve already explained can be extremely damaging. The scientist said: ‘the public have a right to see weaknesses in security on which they rely exposed’. Otherwise, the ‘industry and criminals know security is weak but the public do not’.
Now normally when exploits/security flaws get found by ‘white hat’ hackers, they work with the company in resolving the issue before publically sharing the information. Even then, the information shared leaves a few key damaging pieces out. You can look up a number of hacking conventions which share ATM exploits or similar types.
Knowing that, and how many vehicles there are on the roads right now with this security system. We think it’d be better to not have the codes or algorithm revealed, and have the scientist work with Volkswagen in developing a better system.
What do you think? Do you think that the codes should be shared with the world, or kept private and if the codes were to go public, would you be worried?