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Tuesday January 31, 2012

Gadget used to turn off immobilisers

KUALA LUMPUR: It was made to repair vehicles, but is now being used by syndicates to steal cars.

The hand-held device costing RM10,000 was invented as a tool to diagnose mechanical faults and is not a controlled item, said Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin.

Dual purpose: The hi-tech gadget found in workshops can be used to deactivate immobilisers in cars.

“It is a device we cannot control as it is used by mechanics. It is even sold at flea markets in Jalan Pasar and Petaling Street,” he ad­­ded.

A quick web search showed that the device could be bought online as well.

The high-tech tool was designed to plug remotely into the computer controlling a vehicle’s fuel injection system.

Once in the system, the device can manipulate the car’s alarm system as well.

  • Full story in The Star today.

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