£9.99 KiaSafe Case Can Make The Difference Between A Kia And A Stolen Kia

As cars get increasingly sophisticated so do the anti-theft measures automakers are offering -and the latest crop are very good indeed.

However, that does not mean professional car thieves are that easily thwarted; quite the contrary, as technology works both ways, helping them crack the more advanced anti-theft systems available on the market.

Kia is aware of this, as well as the vulnerability of cars equipped with keyless entry systems. Which is why it has started offering a Faraday case for UK customers that buy a new or used Kia model equipped with such a system.

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The automaker says the KiaSafe case has been developed to stop thieves using relay attack devices to obtain the frequency from the car key and gain access to the vehicle. The case acts in a similar way to a Faraday cage, as it features a layer of metal within that blocks any signals from the device used by thieves from accessing the key.

While Kia stresses that this type of attack is not a global one, the company’s Research and Development engineers are “working to ensure that future keyless entry systems are rendered as close to impervious to attack as possible.”

The KiaSafe case is available in select UK dealers during the new car handover process and can also be purchased by existing owners for just £9.99 ($12.5).

“The security of our customers’ vehicles comes second only to safety and we are as concerned about the hacking of keyless entry systems as customers, the police and the insurance industry,” said David Hart, Customer Experience Manager at Kia Motors UK.

“Whilst our current keyless entry systems do not have UWB or “sleep” buttons, our engineers are developing additional levels of protection for future vehicles and these will be applied as soon as is feasible given production schedules and new model introductions,” the representative added.

The automaker advises owners to adopt protection behaviors such as not leaving keyless entry fobs in the front door lock of their home or close to windows and to use the KiaSafe to ensure their key fobs are rendered safe from hacking.

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  • Giannis Antypas

    Keyless entry:
    They still have keys – not exactly ‘keyless’ –
    but they added more complexity which happens to be vulnerable and prone to failures.

    The bottom of that is when they replaced the anxiety of a key fob with more anxiety of the key fob together with its Faraday cage.
    Progress.

    • Sébastien

      Keyless for the thieves 🙂

  • vaybach khan

    dont give them ideas haha

  • roy

    Damn. You mean the difference between a Kia and a No-kia ?

    • Rico Chandra

      Damn, just now want to compliment their title, but yours is definitely better.

  • Giannis Antypas

    Why? Simply because that would mean key fobs with switvhes anf buttons you ‘ll have to push.

    Oh wait, I ‘ve seen that before…
    last time it was before they invented the ‘keyless entry’ thing.

  • brn

    Negates most of the advantages of keyless entry. Just get rid of keyless entry already.

    • Kash

      You realize this case is meant to be kept in like a purse or your house right to keep your keys in. Sort of like a wallet is for money and cards. You put your key in it after you’re done using your car for the time being. It’s not meant to be taken with you everywhere you go and your keys aren’t meant to be in there 24/7.

      Most of these attacks occur when you park your car outside your home at night because the thieves know that the keys should be close enough to the car to still trigger the relay. Basically instead of hanging your keys up on a hook inside your front door, you put them in this pouch on a table by your front door when at home.

      • brn

        or filling your car at the gas station.

      • europeon

        Most of these attacks occur when you park your car outside your home at night because the thieves know that the keys should be close enough to the car to still trigger the relay.

        Maybe in the US, but in Europe it’s a bit different. Because stealing a car is much more complicated in Europe, they settle for stealing whatever valuables people leave in their cars. They use both relays and signal jammers for this when you park your car in a public car park, like a mall or a shopping center.

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