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UK thieves jailed after stealing £180K of cars with a ‘Game Boy’



A trio of car thieves have been jailed by Leeds Crown Court for stealing cars with a device designed to look like a Nintendo Game Boy. All pled guilty to the charge of conspiracy to steal. The gang had managed to steal five Mitsubishi Outlanders using the handheld device, which is about £180,000 worth of cars.

West Yorkshire Police estimate the device itself is worth about £20,000, and told the BBC that it could unlock and start a car “in a matter of seconds.” The device appears to work by essentially ‘mirroring’ the short-range frequencies of a particular key fob: fooling the car into thinking that the device is the key itself. Marcus Hutchins is a bit of a poacher-turned-gamekeeper in the cybercrime business, and he explains in the below video what the thieves’ device is doing. Spoiler: it’s cunning.

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Reply to @ancspace Rather than cloning the key they typically use an amplification + relay attack to extend the key’s range #hacking #tech #security

♬ original sound – Marcus Hutchins



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