Volkswagen Supercar Owners May Need to Buy "The Club"

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An academic paper revealing the codes to turn on expensive luxury vehicles is fighting to see the light of day.

We don’t know much about scientists except that they aremuch smarter than us. So smart, in fact,that one computer scientist, Flavio Garcia, at the University of Birmingham has decoded the complex algorithm used for identifying the ignition key ofPorsches, Audis, Bentleys and Lamborghinis. The reason for doing so? To protect uninformed owners of how easilytheir expensive cars can get stolen from the ignition technology they areequipped with.

Mr. Garcia and his team wanted to publish the codes in apaper for an upcoming Symposium, but were temporarily denied thanks to Volkswagenhanding the research team an injunction that was recently granted by UKcourts. Garcia’s team explained that theiraim was to improve security, stating that "the industry and criminals knowsecurity is weak but the public do not." The courts found in Volkswagen’s favor fearing that "carcrime will be facilitated." Still, "The Club" steeling wheel lock for $30 on eBay is looking like a good idea. Just in case.

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