Thieves are stealing Hyundai and Kia en masse with a USB cable. Video demonstration
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Thieves are stealing Hyundai and Kia en masse with a USB cable. Video demonstration

Because they are easy prey, car thieves in the United States tend to choose Hyundai and Kia models. These are models that don’t use the engine start button.

They can start the car in less than 5 minutes and then drive it away. A standard USB cable can be used for this purpose. Kia Boys thieves are known for stealing cars and uploading videos to the Internet. They are looking for cars that have a physical key slot but no immobilizer.

Once inside the cabin, the attacker will remove the steering column cover to expose the key slot. You can then turn the ignition switch and start the car using the USB cable. You can then start your Hyundai or Kia car repeatedly and move it around from one place to the next.

These models do not have an anti-theft device, called an immobilizer. These immobilizers use an electronic chip (transponder), to authenticate the key inside the car’s electronic control system. Even if the thief copied the cutouts of the key, the car can’t be started until the transponder has been paired with it. Thieves can easily start vulnerable Hyundai and Kia cars because they don’t appear to have an immobilizer.

Representatives from Hyundai Kia and Kia stated that 2022 models are not affected by this method. However, it is difficult to distinguish a 2022 model and a 2021 model so cars can still be hacked.

Thieves are stealing Hyundai and Kia en masse with a USB cable. Video demonstration
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