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LYNN TEDCASTLE @ April 21, 2016 5:16 pm

The Issue Explained

The On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) port is the portal to the vehicles information and generally required to provide access to the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) or 'brain' of a vehicle during maintenance and servicing. This is where your service agent will plug their computer/diagnostic machine in to run diagnostics and carry out updates or checks on your vehicle.

Most vehicles taken without keys are stolen using devices which plug into the OBD port. These intelligent devices 'hack' the brain of the vehicle and are able to bypass the vehicles integrated security protocols. This is genuine industry hardware used in a sinister way by a thief, it is not illegal to own these devices nor for companies to sell them, furthermore there is no licencing required or checks to confirm

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