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The mystery device that allows thieves access into your car in seconds

Car security systems have become significantly more sophisticated over the years, but this march of progress has also presented thieves with new opportunities to subvert the solutions intended to keep them out. Now the authorities have finally uncovered the existence of a device which crooks use to hack modern vehicles, presenting new problems for owners.

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Mysterious beginnings

Three years ago, it became apparent that cars being stolen in certain parts of the US were being targeted with entirely new tactics on the part of criminals. Rather than having to smash windows, jimmy locks or steal keys, CCTV footage showed that car thieves were breaking into vehicles with a portable, anonymous electronic device that left police in a pickle.

Today, the experts now have an understanding of what the device does and why it is such a problem for any motorist whose car can be locked or unlocked using a wireless key fob. While the mystery has been solved, the problems with the nature of modern car security systems remain intact.

Key cloning

Investigators found that the device was able to copy the unique signal sent out by modern key fobs, in order to lock or unlock the doors. So criminals were able to stand near car owners as they did this, clone their fob and use it to break in and take off as soon as the coast was clear.

So far, at least 17 different manufacturers have been found to make models which are susceptible to this type of attack, meaning that the majority of mainstream cars can be compromised in this way. Although if owners invest in a truck camera like those available from, it may be easier to catch thieves in the act, even if they do use this key cloning tech.

Turning point

Security experts argue that while technology has helped to reduce the number of cars which are stolen each year, there is no system which is entirely thief-proof, as evidenced by the emergence of these mysterious cloning devices.

It is hoped that by raising awareness of this issue it will be easier to clamp down on the sale of such devices, keeping cars safe without having to dramatically overhaul security systems on millions of different domestic and commercial vehicles.