parking brake bypasses civic secure key system?

Interest article in current Wired magazine alleges than recent Honda Civics bypass the RFID "secure keys" by jiggling the parking brake in a
specific way. Is this an urban myth or fact?
http://wired.com/wired/archive/14.08/carkey.html
Scary if true.
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rick++ wrote:

Wow, crazy story. I believe that it's true. I found this guide (ilco is a legitimate key company):
http://www.kaba-ilco.com/key_systems/pdf/SDD_Guide_%5B09-05%5D.pdf
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Sounds very much like the hoops you would jump through to get the radio code. It also appears the same applies to pretty much every make of car and within Honda it isn't specific to the Civic, only the "chicken dance" is different. At any rate, there are much easier ways of stealing a car.
Great link.
Mike
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Article says the code can be derived from the VIN. Time get paranoid :-)
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rick++ wrote:

Time to go old-school and add you own hidden ignition-kill switch!
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manufacturer's support system, as described in Bucky's excellent link. The very same process would be used to get an actual working copy of a key for the vehicle; see http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/vin.asp for the skinny on that route. Even with the code, a correct "dumb" key is required, so a thief would find this a very cumbersome and high exposure route to stealing a car. If you can get a working key the same way, why would anybody bother with the less effective approach?
Don't lose sleep over this one. 'Wired' has always favored sensation over enlightenment, and they continue the practice here.
Mike
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Michael Pardee wrote:

But not as cool as doing a cheat code with the parking brake! =)
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