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Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Computer Science


M. Hossain Heydari


Rapid technological advancements of vehicle manufacturing and the modern wireless technology opens the door for several new Intelligent Transportation applications. Remote Keyless system in vehicles is considered one of the famous applications that has been developed recently, which is susceptible to many cyberattacks. Remote Keyless applications on smartphones were developed in the past few years to perform the functionality of keyless fob and are expected to replace the physical keyless fobs in the next few years, which can open the door to many cyberattacks. In this research, we implemented a simulation that represents the REmote Car KeyLESS Applications (RECKLESS-apps) on the smartphones. In this thesis we demonstrate the types of cyber-attacks these applications could face. Our research serves as a proof that remote car keyless applications that would replace the physical keys could be vulnerable to various malicious cyber-attacks. We study these attacks and provide remedies, cyber-hygiene and best practices to remedy some of these attacks.



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