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Detecting signal amplification attacks against PKE keyless fobs

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Detecting signal amplification attacks against PKE keyless fobs

During the early hours of the morning there was an attempt to enter and presumably steal various vehicles on my street, detected well after the fact via householders reviewing CCTV motion detection alerts. There is only ever one person in each of the video clips, he obviously has a device in the palm of one hand and was moving around between properties on opposite sides of the road too quickly to be working in tandem with an unseen second operative with a device to boost a return signal.

Is it feasible to perform an amplification relay attack without a device to boost a return signal from the fob, or was something else going on here? I am 99% confident that the one vehicle he managed to open was locked.

This got me thinking about how best to reduce their window of safety re detection and reporting the crime, would it be feasible to detect the initial amplified car to fob signal within the property and use this as a trigger event to home automation, alarm or similar? Obviously this relies upon whatever they are doing being a form of relay attack and not something new / different.

Whatever they were doing, they knew enough not to bother with Teslas.