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Your Car Can Be Stolen Through The Headlights

  • Written by : Ashton G. Curran
  • Date Published : 2023-04-11
  • Date Updated : 2023-04-11
  • Category / Tag : articles
Your Car Can Be Stolen Through The Headlights
In modern cars, microprocessors communicate with each other through a system called the Can bus, which serves as the electronic nervous system of the vehicle. However, this interconnectedness creates a security vulnerability, particularly near the headlights....

Today's headlights require their own microprocessors connected to the Can bus, and accessing the network from the outside is easy.

Car thieves have found a way to exploit this vulnerability through "headlight hacking," a method that allows them to drive away with a car by imitating its key using a tool disguised as a Bluetooth speaker.

According to a blog post by Ken Tindell, technology doctor at Canis Automotive Labs, car thieves sell a device on the dark web that can connect to the Can bus and imitate the car's key.

To access the Can bus, thieves remove some plastic pieces in the front of the car and connect to the electronic units of the headlights.

Once they have successfully connected to the Can bus, they can use the fake speaker to unlock the doors and start the car, enabling them to drive away with it.

This security vulnerability is not specific to any make or model of car and is a problem that affects the entire automotive industry.

Although the process is cumbersome, requiring the thief to remove plastic trim until they reach the component they need to connect to, the connection procedure itself and "Can injection" are not entirely uncomplicated.

As a result, the thief requires some alone time with the car to be able to drive away with it.

While this may provide a small consolation, it does not change the fact that the "headlight hacking" vulnerability is a significant threat to vehicle security.