Watch Thieves Hack Keyless Entry To Steal A Mercedes In Less Than A Minute

A new surveillance video from Birmingham, England shows two hackers exploiting keyless technology to steal a sleeping man's Mercedes - in less time than it takes to order something off Deliveroo. Released by the West Midlands Police Department today, authorities believe it to be the first footage of thieves attacking a car using relay boxes, devices that can be programmed to send signals through walls.

Source: West Midlands Police

Called a "relay crime" by police, the heist is incredibly simple. Each hacker had one box. The first box, placed on the house's exterior, picked up the signal from the owner's key fob, sending it to the second box, placed right next to the Mercedes.

Source: West Midlands Police

Having received this signal, the smart lock "thought" the key fob itself was present, unlocking the door and giving the hackers full access. And because smart keys often come coupled with keyless ignitions, the theft went out without a hitch.

Source: West Midlands Police

The entire theft, which occurred in September, took under a minute.

Police haven't caught the thieves, but say drivers interested in keyless tech can safeguard their smart cars by equipping them with tracking devices or steering wheel locks. Or, as a last resort alternative, you could always just use keys.

[YouTube via Derby Telegraph]



    Why didn't the car stop when it got out of range?

      exactly this! or even if it didn't, surely they wouldn't be able to start it a second time after driving it away? right?

      No active keyless ignition works that way - I have two cars with these keys and both will run just fine with out the key once started. If you stop it then it can't be started.

      I keep my keys in a metal box for this reason.

        Exactly. Fuel, air and spark keep the motor turning.

    2 words;
    faraday cage
    twisties pack at a pinch.

    That's why you put your car in the garage, not on show for the neighbourhood thieves.

    fortunately I can turn my fob off, it’s called energy saving mode.
    Using a Yeti cup acts like a Faraday cage, just make sure it has no drink in it.

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