$5 Universal Car Unlocker (and psychology, Slashdot/NSA, Nigeria/NSA)

There’s apparently a gadget available for 5 CAD or so online, that opens some or all cars remotely. It definitely compromises the keyless entry system, but whether it’s brute forcing keycodes or doing something more exotic is unclear. Anyone have an idea what this gadget is?

At $5, and with 19 of them having been shipped to one Canadian province alone, they must be reasonably easy to find on the web… but my searches have turned a blank.

It’s probably beyond the pale in the eyes of the law, but — as a thought experiment only — the idea of an automotive “TV-B-Gone” is hilarious.

Psychology: I was reading something unrelated today and was reminded of this… we all know ideas and conditioning stick in the mind because of pain. Learning not to touch a hot stove is the common example, exotic torture mind-fragmentation the conspiracy one. As it happens pleasure is even more powerful. Pain results in shying away, pleasure in wanting to make it happen again. We’ll hack off our arms with a pocketknife if it means survival, but rats will starve themselves to push a button marked “pleasure” — and pedophiles will commit horrible crimes to the same end.

Therefore, if you’re looking for the roots of deep-seated psychological phenomena, think about pleasurable associations too. (I pointed out the early sexual encounters thing in the note on Auckland group sex, and you could probably write a dissertation on this idea’s application to kink.)

In this context it’s interesting to note both the Roman empire and many aspects of contemporary American culture make violence (and gluten) an object of general pleasure. There’s an amusing anecdote worth repeating — many years ago I was in a group huddled around a laptop, watching some indie movie trailers. The audience was very much mixed, including a New England-accented mother standing behind her young son. One trailer was horribly gory, with blood and guns and drugs and guts.

After several minutes of this, the mother started and reflexively covered her son’s eyes with her hands. Why? Because some female breasts had flashed on screen!

(I pointed the strangeness of her reaction out and she became quite thoughtful, and stopped “covering” entirely.)

I wonder what the larger social consequences are when you link violence and pleasure.

They faked Slashdot and Linkedin as QUANTUMINSERT targets. The bastards! Now LinkedIn I can understand — if you use it you’re practically lost anyway, with their email password grabbing policy —
but Slashdot hits close to home. https://twitter.com/koenrh/status/399528078340546560/photo/1

The NSA spies on the Nigerians. Um, insert 419 joke here? http://naijagists.com/america-spies-on-nigerian-state-security-services-sss-daily-via-computer-hacking-telephonic-interceptions/

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/5-device-easily-unlocks-car-doors-thieves-winnipeg-012910420.html

“A new tool is allowing criminals across the world to break into cars without leaving a trace, and now that device has made its way to Winnipeg.

The new device can be purchased online for about $5 and sends an electromagnetic pulse through a car’s key area to unlock the vehicle.[…]

Thieves can be seen applying a device to a car and then opening the door as if it is unlocked.[…]

The device sends an electromagnetic pulse into the vehicle, tricking it into unlocking the door, much like a keyless entry key fob.

He said according to the device’s manufacturer, at least 19 of the devices have been shipped to Winnipeg in the past three months.[…]

The device can be thwarted if the car’s keyless entry system is disabled, but you’ll have to visit a mechanic to have that done.

Henzel has reported the theft to police but said police officers appeared baffled by the device.”

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