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Thieves Are Using “Mystery Gadgets” To Electronically Unlock Cars And Steal What Is Inside

All over America, criminals are using improvised electronic devices to electronically unlock vehicles and steal whatever they find inside. These “mystery gadgets” reportedly recreate the same signals that the key fobs that so many of us carry around send out. As you will see below, footage is popping up nationwide of thieves using these “mystery gadgets” to remotely unlock car doors and disable alarm systems. Once a car has been unlocked, it takes these thieves just a few moments to take what they want before leaving without a trace. This is now happening all over the country, and authorities do not know any way to prevent it from happening. For now, the most common piece of advice that police are giving to people is to not leave any valuables inside your vehicle at all.


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Makes me wish I still had my '64 Plymouth Valiant. Got it for $500, it was spray painted silver, had a Pioneer 8-track, and an Iron Butterfly tape in the glove box.

I used to be excited about new technology. My government is turning me into a Neo-Luddite.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

70's cars

Where are they when you need them?

Of course the locks have to be electronic now...you would probably break the crap key in the lock.

A mechanic told me once it happened to a Ferrari he serviced once, but it was in the ignition lol


People there is no conspiracy

In regards to earlier posts.
No conspiracy - my 2013 Sonata literature BRAGS about the ability to have law enforcement control the car.
It is in black and white - they use it as a sales pitch - law enforcement can control the speed of the car, disable the engine etc etc. for now - you have to subscribe to the service - but soon it will just be mandatory.

And dont forget the everyday things. My car can send a signal to Hyundai giving complete telemetry of the car at anytime - umm so you can keep track of teen drivers(wink wink).
Soon - when police departments are broke - it will just become compulsory for those signals to be sent in real time to the State Police command center. Think of the savings!!!!!!

I hear the ads every day on

I hear the ads every day on the radio...

"I locked my car remotely at the beach using my smartphone!"

"My car emailed me the diagnostics for my service schedule"

"Use the new Progressive device to lower your rates"

Even BMW has a shift point/speed tracker now so if you go to the track they void your warrantee.

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

Our Chrysler van has a garage door opening function

to program the visor mounted device, I must simply hold the button down on the visor while I depress the button on the garage door manufacturer's box. These electronic signals are probably being captured in a similar fashion when people are locking their cars on the way into the stores. Crooks with devices are capturing the radio-frequency signal from a nearby position. I recommend that you lock your car with the key or the door switches and not the keyfob.

With all due respect, I will no longer be a voting prostitute for Constitution rejecting harlots.

Be extremely careful with

Be extremely careful with Garage Opening devises. I have heard stories of thieves breaking into cars when you are gone then they use the GPS to find your house and then use the garage door opener to gain entry then they steal all your stuff.

Its an interesting paradox how they claim technology makes us safer when in reality it just makes us more vulnerable...

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

The heart of the article is like a how-to for assassinations

ALA Michael Hastings and the 'Boston Brakes' modus operandi

" The possibility of this even stranger and more dangerous crime is lurking on the horizon. Most modern cars use computers to control everything from engine compression to cruise control, airbags and brakes. Those computers communicate with each other on open networks. Using an $80,000 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), two researchers recently hacked the onboard computers of a Toyota Prius and a Ford Escape SUV.

They made the Prius accelerate and brake, as well as jerk the wheel while traveling at high speeds. They managed to turn the Ford’s steering wheel at low speeds and disable the brakes, which caused researcher Charlie Miller to drive the SUV into his garage and totally destroy his own lawnmower. This is the stuff of nightmares."

hmmm, Cash for Clunkers just came to mind

so the feds destroy millions of still usable cars in the name of energy savings. so were these the type of cars that would be less likely to have all the electronic gear to easily hack? My paranoid suspicious mind can't help but think it so.

You are not paranoid

I am though.
Have you been listening to car advertisements lately.

Have you seen how ridiculously low lease prices are these days.

I could go choose from over a dozen cars right now that are under 200 dollars a month to lease. Some are even getting close to 100(I have heard a few at the 119 a month price).
So basically you can go lease a brand new car for the same money per month as your cable bill.

There is no way these prices make sense at all - the cars get more expensive but the lease goes down? And you are not talking high residual value cars. Clearly there is a big push to get people into new cars.

Electronics now completely suck

for all the good they provide is now being completely undermined by the criminals run amok (NSA included in criminals group, of course)

Drive a 77 Monte Carlo.

No electronic nothing, no how.

Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.


Also author of Stick it to the Man!


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no electronic ignition, or fuel injection?

"Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex". - Frank Zappa

Not on a stock 1977.

Condenser & points ignition and a carburetor.

Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.


Also author of Stick it to the Man!


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Didn't the 77 Monte Carlo

Didn't the 77 Monte Carlo come with a HEI distributor ? Didn't think Chevy used points after 70 or 71 .

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

Yeah, you're right. HEI was standard by 1975.

I should have said "1973 Monte Carlo".

Regardless, it's not hackable via laptop.

Author of Shades of Thomas Paine, a common sense blog with a Libertarian slant.


Also author of Stick it to the Man!


There is a solution.

Demand true proprietary encoding and transmission protocols rather than manufacturers having to be compliant with msa (m=n) standards.

In the chaos theory conference talk someone posted over the weekend. the MSA asks companies to comply with their standards secretly in the name of "national se urity" which they do, which then leaves security standards very vulnerable.

The MSA (m=n) position is that there are few to no hackers or criminals who can figure it out. That has been easily proven false.

If you don't think all of the new data related automobile standards are ultimately driven by MSA standards, think again.

link to that standard?

not finding it.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

I briefly dated a crazy woman...

her father is a car thief. I'm not kidding. thought about turning them in but happen to like that whole living and breathing thing.

she told me that they would steal cars by laptop. literally pull up next to the car... remotely start it. disable any tracking. then drove it to a port. load it on a ship and it was shipped overseas.

last girlfriend I had actually. when I dumped her she broke into my house and destroyed everything. been single for over 3 yrs now. tired of lemons and hookers are cheaper and do what u want... and leave.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

Lemons and Hookers!

Met a girl in a club once.
Said she was a hooker.
Told me she would do anything I wanted for $100.
And she wanted me to make her feel like a woman.

So I told her to clean my house and cook me dinner. :-)

Happy Brew Beer P. Nicholson!

Exercise Liberty!

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

Not to make light of your

Not to make light of your life, but that is a great premise for a movie.

I once knew a girl who (I'm almost completely certain) was involved in auto insurance fraud. It got pretty scary.

nick gage

is that you ?

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That's where that

damn Skynyrd CD went!

That cop said

"if you can hack into NSA then you can hack into GM"...???? That's weird. Also, who here thinks that electronic locks and ignition systems were just incorporated into people's cars to turn them into potential resources for federal agents or WHY? Who even needs them anyway? They take up more room than a key and they cost an arm and a leg to replace.

the cop probably knows that N

the cop probably knows that N S A put in backdoor codes for GM cars and someone in the underworld hacked N S A and stole the GM codes and they are afraid to admit that N S A agents can open your car so stealthy if the wanted to.

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