The keyfob sees this low frequency, and goes through the normal challenge response it would as if it was physically next to the car.
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Because the devices themselves are not illegal in the U.S., Evan advertises his wares openly on social media. He said that he communicates with clients over the messaging app Telegram. Some of his videos include a disclaimer that the tool is for security research and shouldn't be sought out for or used in criminal activity, but naturally some clients are probably going to be interested in using the devices maliciously. Typically Evan will receive full pre-payment, but will meet clients in person if the customer doesn't want to pay a large amount of money up front or sell them a cheaper device first, he added.He said he has a criminal record and will be serving jail time for something unrelated to these devices, but when it comes to tech, Evan described himself more as a hobbyist than some sort of hardened crook."This technology is truly a hobby to me and something that I'm not worried […] sharing knowledge to the world about," he told Motherboard.Subscribe to our cybersecurity podcast, CYBER.
"It's very easy to do but the way I see it: why would I get my hands dirty when I can make money just selling the tools to other people."