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10/14/2009 01:49 PM ID: 81147 Permalink   

Keyless Entry iPhone App Unlocks Your Car


Directed Electronics, a car security company, has unveiled an iPhone application that remotely unlocks a user's car and also starts it. The app also uses cell phone signals to work, meaning it doesn't have to be in close range.

While the application is free, Directed Electronics sells some hardware necessary for the app to work. This hardware costs hundreds of dollars to get installed on your car.

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will take minutes for hackers to find the remote access code and starter code for your car...
  by: ludwitr   10/14/2009 06:53 PM     
  I'm doing a Computer Forensics degree  
And my first thought was, I wonder how easy it would be to turn the application into a scanner to find the cars with this system, from there on it's easy if you know how.
  by: Claridus   10/14/2009 07:13 PM     
  @ all the comments  
thats the first thing I thought about after reading this article. How fast it will might become to use this against other compatible cars...
  by: fordrew11   10/14/2009 10:06 PM     
Why would it be any harder to figure it out on the current remote start systems?

If anything with a computerized system and special hardware you could encrypt the signal and prevent security problems.
  by: luc1ddr3am     10/14/2009 10:23 PM     
that is a collection of many different companies with many different technologies and techniques.

this is like one stop shopping for hackers.
  by: gman   10/14/2009 11:20 PM     
right.....::rolls eyes::

Where's my tinfoil hat?

Also-- Quickly.. someone call the thousand or so people that have this installed and let them know they are being targeted by hackers. It goes without saying that every car with this tech will have a "iPod compatible" logo obnoxiously presenting itself to be seen hundreds of yards away. Hackers have it easy...shucks.
  by: luc1ddr3am     10/14/2009 11:58 PM     
  They probably  
would have to have a constant data connection in the car (I dont see how else it would work if it works through cellular data) so it would have to communicate over the internet with itunes or something like it in order to start the car with the iphone. thus, a jailbroken phone using applications with no digital signatures would get rejected by itunes. that's how i envision it, anyway. of course, hackers will always find a way.
  by: datsuncaptain1     10/15/2009 01:07 AM     
  this is...  
...nothing new. there's remote car starters where you send an SMS to a predefined phone number and it will start your car. if you have a GSM phone, technically, one can start their car from anywhere in the world provided there is cell phone signal.
  by: itts   10/15/2009 05:34 AM     
  This is cool  
but not worth the money.
  by: bluraven64   10/16/2009 12:50 AM     
  not the point  
it's not the point that there are remote starters in thousands of cars, or remote locking features. the point is that hackers can download the software and look at it, easily. anyone dedicated enough could do it now. but when the app comes out, who wouldn't think it would be fun to mess with the code, or see how it works, and make it work for free?
  by: ludwitr   10/16/2009 07:33 AM     
  Did James Bond have a phone  
that could do this?
  by: walter3ca   10/16/2009 08:25 AM     
There was just several shows that had this kind of technology and it and other electronic services we take for granted were being affected, including 911 at one point. Even if a hacker hasn't figured it out yet it won't take them much time to be able to mess with it.

Another thing is why the heck would someone want to put that into their car, Yeah the service is "free" but you have to pay hundreds of dollars to get the thing working correctly. I'm not that impressed with it.
  by: TaraB     10/16/2009 08:31 AM     
  i phone battery  
my battery life on my iphone sucks so bad i would never get to use this hardware
  by: zortona   10/17/2009 11:08 PM     
This would be harder to hack than the simple RF signal that factory remote start and keyless entry systems use. Not to mention that with remote start systems you have to put the key in the ignition within a few minutes of starting the car.
  by: greasegizzard   11/24/2009 08:20 AM  
Hey guys, just thought I´d mention that <a href=" is coming out with a product that does all the SmartStart does and more for less than HALF the price! I don´t know how Viper can get away with charging so much, but that will soon end. Enter the DynaKey! I know I´m gettin one!

Incidentally, I own a normal remote starter myself, and there´s no need for concern regarding theft because all you´re doing is starting your car´s engine. The key is needed to drive it off, and the engine will be killed instantly the moment someone tries to change gears otherwise.

Anyway, just thought I´d throw that out there.

Tim G.
  by: CarpeDiem   12/31/2009 01:06 AM     
I´m sorry, I messed up the link. It´s <a href=" There, that´s better lol.
  by: CarpeDiem   12/31/2009 01:08 AM     
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