The Easiest Part of Stealing a Car
In fact, getting into the car is probably the easiest part of stealing it. If you have some privacy, you can just break the window. Some people insist that you can still unlock doors with a slim jim, although I'm suspicious of that. A thief can still do something in a car even if they can't start it. My -84 Accord got broken into and robbed probably 10 times. One team member would break the fake vent window (known as a "quarter glass" to the auto glass shop, which soon knew me by name), and later another would come around to fish through the car and take what they wanted. This is how the cops told me it worked. They didn't even try to steal the car, and no modern cryptography would stop this crime wave.Security Center Editor Larry Seltzer has worked in and written about the computer industry since 1983. For insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzer's blog Cheap Hack.
Now if an RFID clicker with a cheesy 20-year-old cipher were the key to my house, I would quickly remove or supplement it, but I don't think my 2003 Odyssey is meaningfully less secure because of this development. I don't think anyone's going to go to the trouble of what's described in the article in order to do the easy part of the theft.