Electric scooters, also called e-scooters, are a popular method of transportation in big cities. They are small, portable and can easily reach sidewalks and between pedestrians. Unfortunately, their popularity is not just for ordinary citizens but also for hackers.
The Xiaomi M365 scooters can be trademarked
A study conducted last year by Zimperium scooters such as Lime and Bird found that individuals were able to invade the machines and make them perform a variety of actions without the rider's knowledge.
One of the most important studies was completed by Zimperium last year, a mobile security company, that tested several Xiaomi M365 scooters and discovered that the electronic system could be hacked.
The hacker could force the scooter to accelerate, slow down or stop completely at will.
The hack is done by accessing the application Bluetooth used by the Xiaomi M365, which was designed to allow users to remotely lock their scooter.
This hack is worrying news for the manufacturer of the Xiaomi M365. It could be used from over 100 meters away, locking multiple scooters at once.
The Xiaomi M365 is one of the most popular models used by electric scooter rental companies worldwide and in United States.
Being able to affect the operation of the scooter is not the only thing hackers can do. Someone with enough technical experience can force an electronic scooter to stop, deactivate the brakes and then take it off. Once the hacker is in a secure location, it can be removed hardware and reprogramming it for personal use.
Kit for hacking an e-scooter
It sounds like a lie but it's not. A complete package for hacking an e-scooter is available online for about $ 48, nothing in front of the cost of an expensive e-scooter.
One can make the Xiaomi M365 their own without investing too much time, money or energy into the whole process.
Of course, not all companies are concerned. For Lime and Bird, the situation does not appear to be a problem, despite many controversies.
First, although these companies are using the Xiaomi M365 - hacking a single city scooter is not as easy as it sounds. One should have a goal in mind, understand who is using it and then monitor it until they find the right opportunity for it. hack and theft.
Second, the kit with the hacking tools can only be purchased online from it China and it takes eight weeks on average to get your hands on it.
Even if a hacker is interested in one of the scooters, it will take a long time to complete plan of. In addition, losing a scooter is of no importance to such huge companies.