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Hackers in the UK have been targeting tech-heavy cars with small devices that were designed to help professional locksmiths gain entry to locked customer cars. While this isn't really surprising, given that locksmithing tools are regularly used by criminals to gain entry into locked things, it does definitely represent a shift in car crime.
Rather than targeting cheaper cars with fewer security precautions, the theives have been targeting high-end luxury cars that are loaded with tech that creates vulnerabilities to the $20-ish hacking devices that are being purchased from shady Bulgarian websites that will sell to anybody.
What's actually quite frightening is the fact that on some cars the on-board diagnostic system can be accessed wirelessly, allowing hackers to change data in the ECU and other essential systems.