Hackers stealing cars using keyless entry

KING 5's Jake Whittenberg reports.

Security experts are warning car owners that hackers have found a way to break into the keyless entry system in your vehicle. The remote entry system is used in millions of cars across the country.

In a paper delivered at the Usneix security conference, experts say hackers can intercept and steal the security code sent when you lock or unlock your car using the remote.

The challenge for thieves is that they would have to plant a device on your car to intercept the signal.

The disturbing trend poses a challenge for insurance companies like PEMCO, which say a crime with no visual evisual evidence makes it hard to file a claim.

"We need to figure out ways to prove a car has been legitimately broken into or whether someone is trying to create insurance fraud," said Derek Wing, spokesman for PEMCO. "This is something we're going to have to look into."

General Motors said it “does not consider this item to be a significant risk to customers due to the technical sophistication of the demonstration and the very limited circumstances under which the demonstration can be carried out.”

Seattle Police have not reported any keyless entry hacks.

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