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Hackers can unlock, steal your vehicle- NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is alerting telecom consumers and members of the public on an ongoing cyber-vulnerability that allows a nearby hacker to unlock vehicles, start their engines wirelessly and make away with the cars.

The commission in a statement says the fact that car remotes are categorized as short-range devices that make use of radiofrequency (RF) to lock and unlock ,informed the need for the Commission to alert the general public of this emergent danger, where hackers take advantage to unlock and start a compromised car.

According to the latest advisory released by the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), the NCC cybersecurity centre for the telecom sector, the vulnerability is a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack or a replay attack in which an attacker intercepts the RF signals normally sent from a remote key to the car, manipulates these signals, and re-sends them later to unlock the car at will.

With this latest type of cyber-attack, it is also possible to manipulate the captured commands and re-transmit them to achieve a different outcome altogether.

The Commission advises Nigerians to be wary of suspicious characters and be mindful of where they park their vehicles.

Writing by Olayemi Daniyan; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino