Thieves use OBD key cloning to steal a BMW M3 [videos]

One of the many similar thefts.

In the first part of the year there were several BMWs stolen in the United Kingdom by thieves who were able to access the BMW OBD (On Board Diagnostics) II port, programming a blank key which granted them complete access to the vehicle. Last month the German automaker issued a fix for the X5 and X6 models manufactured between 2007 and September 2011, promising that the rest of the models will get a similar fix by the end of the year.

As you can see from these two videos recorded by a CCTV system, the owner of an M3 (E92) lost his car the same way, with the thieves using the dreadful OBD key cloning process.

Here is the second part of the video:

Source: bmwblog.com

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Madness Madness
Watchdog in the UK had a very good episode of this about a month ago. A chap had a brand new 1M stolen. When watchdog first contacted BMW UK over the key-cloning thefts they blatantly denied it even though hundreds of reports had been filed with the police. They later agreed there was an issue and are set to rectify it. Its a bit late for some!
Oct 22nd, 2012 6:12pm
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JonathanIppoli1 JonathanIppoli1
More proof of why technology in a car can be a bad thing .
Oct 22nd, 2012 5:50pm
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tazcubed tazcubed
Makes me miss my recently sold BMW (sniff). Glad I was able to sell it before it could get stolen.
Oct 22nd, 2012 5:14pm
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