Hundreds of Keyless Cars are Vulnerable to High-Tech Theft, New Report Says

More than 200 car models that offer keyless entry are susceptible to theft, a report from British consumer group Which? has revealed. The vehicles can be stolen using "cheap electronic equipment" purchased online. While these systems require a fob to be within a certain proximity of the car to unlock and start it, thieves can use relay boxes to boost the fob's signal. This tricks the system into believing the fob is near the car -- even if it's actually inside the owner's house. Testing carried out by the German General Automobile Club demonstrated that of 237 keyless car models, 230 could be both unlocked and started using relay technology, while four models could be either unlocked or started.

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