Technology makes our life a helluva lot easier but to the right kind of criminal, it can make thievery easier cleaner and faster too. This surveillance footage that was recently released for public scrutiny by Britain’s West Midlands Police shows us how impeccably these obvious criminal masterminds just turned technology that’s supposed to make cars thief proof to their favour. The CCTV which still barely reveals anything about the identity of the thief shows him and his henchman, use what can only be described as relay devices that pick up and relay the master keys signal. Our best guess is the device used by his henchman while he seemed to walk around looking for the original keys digital signature, picked up the signal and relayed it to the unit on the frontman devices. This made the car believe that the owner was getting in with the master keys, while in reality, the keys stayed safely inside the house.
The unsuspecting victims Mercedes was then unlocked, while the henchman straggled outside probably copying each of the keys digital signature algorithms onto his device so as to avoid the immobilizers turning on once the Mercedes was outside the range of the proximity sensor. They then simply backed out of the driveway and made off with the Mercedes. Police believe that this signal hijacker being used by the crooks is capable of receiving signals through walls, doors and window but cannot penetrate metal signals. Entirely the operation took less than 60 seconds and looked like there wasn’t a sound during the entire process that might seem suspicious to locals. Giving a whole new meaning to the movie Gone in sixty seconds.
The thing is once technology like this breaks the surface, it doesn’t take a long time before it spreads virally across the globe. If you do have a new vehicle that uses an electronic key. Try to ensure keeping it metal cases which will be outside the purview of the device’s radar.