A Tesla owner has posted remarkable images of a couple of thieves entering his Model S $ 75.00 (£ 57,000).
The three-minute surveillance video shows offenders using a tablet to pick up the signal from the owner's nearby keychain to unlock the vehicle.
Everything seems to go with a hitch, that is, until high-tech hackers can not figure out how to disconnect the Model S from its charging station.
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In total, the thieves only take a few minutes to leave with Essex, the resident of England, Antony Kennedy Model S.
They seem to use a relatively simple hacking method called a relay attack, to intercept the keychain signal.
A thief scans the house with his phone to pick up the keychain signal.
The total debacle could have been avoided if the owner of the vehicle had enabled a security function recently implemented by Tesla, called PIN to drive, which requires the driver to enter a PIN code that is displayed on the dashboard to drive the vehicle. In the photo is a Tesla keychain
Kennedy noticed that his keys were located in the back of the house.
Once the keychain signal is captured, it is transmitted to another device, in this case, a tablet, which is closer to the car door.
It is supposed to mimic the keyless entry process of holding a key ring near a vehicle to unlock it.
More and more car manufacturers have introduced keyless entries in their cars, but the method is not without security risks.
Thieves can unlock the car in a matter of seconds after picking up the keychain signal, at which time the Model S lights flash and the car door opens.
Despite their intelligence, thieves spend a lot of time discovering how to remove the charging cable connected to the car's battery.
They grope for several minutes before one of the thieves realizes that all they had to do was press a button to uncouple the car from the cable.
After that, they quickly jump into the car and hurry.
The whole debacle could have been avoided if the owner of the vehicle had enabled a security feature recently implemented by Tesla.
The thieves seem to have investigated a little before stealing the vehicle, since they knew that they had to disable the Model S remote access feature, which means the owner can not track the vehicle.
Called & # 39; PIN to drive & # 39;, requires the driver to enter a PIN code that is displayed on the dash to drive the vehicle.
However, Kennedy admitted that he had forgotten to activate the "PIN to drive" before the theft.
"@elonmusk My @tesla was stolen this morning, with only a tablet and a phone that extend my fob's reach from the back of the house," Kennedy wrote in a tweet.
"I understand that I should [have] PIN access enabled. I wish it were more difficult to disable remote access. I can not follow it or disable it.
The thieves seem to have investigated a little before stealing the vehicle, since they knew they had to disable the remote access feature of the Model S.
This means that the vehicle owner can not trace the vehicle's whereabouts.
According to Kennedy, Tesla claims that he could have tracked the vehicle, but the thieves did something else that he did so they could not see where he went.
How do thieves steal your car without the keys? The high-tech "relay" device that uses signals to unlock vehicles parked outside homes
What is relay robbery?
Relay theft occurs when two thieves work together to break into cars that have keyless entry systems.
Thieves can use equipment to capture signals emitted by certain keys that are used to start new vehicles.
A thief is standing next to the car with a transmitter, while the other is standing next to the house with another transmitter, which collects the signal from the key that is usually kept near the entrance door on a table or hook.
Then, the vehicle transmits it to the other transmitter, which makes him think that the key is very close and asks him to open it. Thieves can then drive away the vehicle and quickly replace locks and entry devices.
Technically, any vehicle with a keyless entry could be vulnerable to relay theft.
These include BMW, Ford, Audi, Land Rover, Hyundai, Volkswagen and Mercedes cars.
How can you protect your vehicle against relay theft?
According to an investigation carried out by the Institute of the Motor Industry, more than half of motorists are worried that remote thieves can access and steal their car.
Fifty percent of the people surveyed did not know that their car could be vulnerable to cyber attacks, and while drivers should not become paranoid about the safety of their car, it's always a good idea to take precautions.
This has been a necessary precaution for a long time to prevent car theft, but it is important to make sure that your key is as far as possible from the front door so that the signal can not be picked up.
As piracy devices become more sophisticated, they may be able to pick up signals from farther away.
This may seem a bit excessive, but a metal box could be the best place to store your keys at night, since the metal could block the signal that is detected.
Lorna Connelly, Admiral's claims manager, said: "Unfortunately, we do see claims from customers whose cars were stolen because of theft and it's a problem we advise car drivers with keyless cars who are aware of it. .
"Despite advances in anti-theft technology, thieves are always finding new ways to escape with their vehicle.
"We are urging all of our customers to keep their keys at a safe distance from the door and consider storing them in a metal box, although this may seem like an extreme solution, relay theft is an extreme practice."
Kennedy believes that the thieves removed the physical SIM card from the device, which is "seemingly easy to find", or used a battery-powered device to block Internet access in the vehicle.
Many experts recommend that vehicle owners store their keyrings in what is known as a "Faraday cage", which is a container made of conductive material, such as wire or mesh.
The cage can then block any electromagnetic field sent by the devices inside the cage.
Tesla has also begun to recommend users to deactivate passive entry, in an effort to avoid such attacks in the future.
The passive entry makes the car doors unlock and open automatically when the key ring is close.
While it is potentially inconvenient, it could prevent a Tesla owner from having the thieves leave with their car in the dark.