Believe it or not, the NCC has just released an update claiming that Acura and Honda cars can be unlocked wirelessly and stolen by hackers. The Nigeria Communications Commission issued this update as a warning to inform Nigerian car owners about new car theft “exploits”. The NCC claims that car hackers now have the capability of wirelessly unlocking and stealing some cars without even getting close to them physically.
The Nigeria Communications Commission has warned that hackers can now unlock and steal Honda and Acura cars wirelessly
This new update was given by the NCC via a public statement issued last Sunday, May 15. The agency explained in good detail a new car hacking exploit called the “Man-in-the-Middle” MitM attack. This exploit allows car thieves to capture Radio Frequency signals used by your car keys to wirelessly unlock your vehicle. The captured signals can be easily replayed and used by hackers to unlock your car at any time when your key is nowhere near the vehicle. As a matter of fact, they can even manipulate the captured signal to also start the engine of your car wirelessly and thereby steal it. As of the time of writing this report, the NCC has confirmed that a lot of modern Acura and Honda car models are really vulnerable to this car hacking attack.
>>> In other news: [Video] Okada riders allegedly lynch and burn Lagos man over ₦100
Can you prevent your vehicle from being hacked and stolen?
Well, the Nigeria Communications Commission did offer some helpful tips that car owners can adopt in protecting their cars at the moment. The two main tips include:
- Ensure that you RESET the key fob of your car at any dealership where you are buying from. This prevents old signals stored by hackers to become useless when you take the car away to your home.
- Get a signal-blocking case called “Faraday Pouches” for your car keys. By keeping the key fob inside such a pouch, the RF signals will be difficult for hackers to capture or relay.