The Problem

Hi-tech thieves can now hack into a car’s electronic security system and then program a blank key fob. Because there is no physical key to insert into the ignition, the thief can then start the car at will. Another technique can be used to fool the vehicle into unlocking the doors, giving thieves access to the car without their having to break windows and risk setting off alarms or activating immobilisers. The electronic devices used to hack cars’ security systems are available on the internet for as little as £10. Some are fitted with torches to help thieves work in the dark.

The Fix

Recently there’s been a flood of thefts of high value vehicles focusing especially on keyless start systems. The new ITRACK OBD add on protects drivers from any attack aimed at the OBD-II port.

The ITRACK OBD add on offers that extra bit of security. Not only does it alert us that your vehicle has moved and has been stolen, but it also tells us if the OBD on board diagnostic port has been tampered with - this then cuts the ignition immobilising the vehicle.

A simple, short code SMS from the customer opens a 12 hour window for servicing etc. The alerts and immobilisation can be temporarily disabled in times of servicing or breakdown recovery by texting an SMS short code with a secure PIN

Scenario 1

  • In the event of the OBD port being tampered with, the vehicle will be immediately immobilised and an alert will be sent to our 24 hour control room.
  • Our control room will contact you immediately on the predesignated contact telephone numbers to advise you of the alert

Scenario 2

  • If your vehicle is towed away, the tracking device will alert our control centre with its exact position, speed and heading. And will keep on updating our servers every 30 seconds with its new location

Range Rover models have been mercilessly targeted in a recent rash of Hi-Tech Hacking car

As some insurers refuse to cover Range Rovers after a spate of thefts, car makers are finally admitting to a security flaw. The good old metal key could soon make a comeback.

SAM MILLER was settling down for the evening in her living room when her phone rang. Did she know that her Range Rover was on the move, asked the caller from Moving Intelligence, a vehicle location company. “I said, ‘Are you sure? Because it’s sitting on my drive,’ ” says Miller, 45, a finance director from Marston Green in the West Midlands. “But when I looked out of the window, the car had disappeared.

When Miller looked at her CCTV system she was in for another shock. The thief had walked up, pulled the door handle and jumped into her two-year-old Autobiography-spec car, which would cost £100,000 new today. He started the engineand drove away, the theft was over in less than 30 seconds.

Miller’s tracking device led police to the car, but other owners have not been so lucky.

REF: Article by Dominic Tobin Published: 2 November 2014 The Sunday Times