How to steal a car with your computer

For most of us, that familiar beep-beep as we walk away through a parking lot or garage is enough assurance that our car is both locked and safe. Often a tiny flashing light on the dashboard also alerts would be criminals that the car is protected by the latest form of antitheft security. And for the most part, that is true; a sophisticated set of encryption and electronics is at work inside. However, don't be surprised to find your state-of-the-art, antitheft-protected vehicle stolen. Complex technology doesn't necessarily raise the barrier for entry for cyber criminals; sometimes it does the exact opposite.

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