[Salon] Palm Pilots can be used to steal cars.

I Find Karma (adam@cs.caltech.edu)
Tue, 8 Dec 1998 22:27:05 -0800 (PST)

Now I definitely need to get a P3, Phil... it comes with all the cars
I can steal! No wonder 4 out of 5 grand auto thieves prefer the Palm
Pilots to WinCE devices...


Lycos, go get it! Hey, the power's finally back on in San Francisco...

> PalmPilot-assisted auto theft
> SALON | Dec. 8, 1998
> Attention, Palm owners worldwide -- your nifty organizer is also, it
> turns out, a great tool for breaking into cars.
> According to the New Scientist, a European computer journalist
> recently discovered that the infrared port of a PalmPilot could be
> used to break into cars with infrared remote-controlled locking
> systems. Using software that was written to enable Palm owners to
> remotely control their TV and VCR with the PalmPilot, the hand-held
> computer can apparently record the infrared "code" of a car's locking
> system. The PalmPilot can then unlock the car and disable the alarm by
> playing that code back.
> The problem has been reported in the United Kingdom, where the New
> Scientist article estimates that nearly 3 million cars could be
> vulnerable to the hack. No one has publicly determined the extent of
> the problem in the United States. Palm, however, isn't apologizing,
> especially since it didn't write the software that's being used.
> "We aren't responsible for third-party applications, though we think
> it's unfortunate that our product is being used for an illegal use,"
> says Palm PR manager Elizabeth Cardinale. But, she perks up, "there
> might be a good thing that will come of this. Say someone wanted to
> have the key to their car code stored in their PalmPilot, just in case
> they forget their keys." -- Janelle Brown

On the other hand, if some butt-head steals my P3, they get my car for
free. Imagine me trying to explain THAT one to the insurance agent...


The National Science Foundation announced the following study results
on corporate America recreation preferences:
1. Sport of choice for maintenance level employees: bowling.
2. Sport of choice for front line workers: football.
3. Sport of choice for supervisors: softball.
4. Sport of choice for middle management: tennis.
5. Sport of choice for corporate officers: golf.

The higher you are in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls.