Risks of Wireless Communication

At my latest visit to my hairdresser, he told me about two recent crime incidents in Sweden involving wireless communication. This sent me home to research what had happened in more detail – and the results are not very comforting.

The Incidents

The first incidents – An owner of a new BMW X5 had his car stolen apparently by two perpetrators. One following the man when he left his car and another standing close to the car. The one at the car activates the cars security system with a special device. The car then asks the key for a code. This request is transmitted to the person following the owner and sent to the key in the owner’s pocket. The key answers with the code. The code is then transmitted to the person at the car and sent to the car – and it is opened. Following the same procedure, it can be started. Now they can drive for as long as they want as long as they don’t turn off the engine…

The second incident – was a burglary at a house equipped with the latest in wireless alarms. The son aged 17 was home alone, had activated the perimeter alarm, and went to sleep. At night, he woke by somebody entering through the main entrance. He sneaked out through a back door and tried to call the police from his mobile. He couldn’t get any signal, and the alarm hadn’t worked. The burglars were using a jammer that killed all wireless communication within a 200-meter range. [...]


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Erik Haahr
Erik Haahr
Managing Consultant