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Hackers under the hood

New vehicles are packed with so much ICT that they are effectively ’data centres on wheels. They run millions of lines of onboard software: from advance driver assistance systems and engine sensors, to satnav and infotainment. Connected cars also process large volumes of incoming-outgoing data that flows through computerised componentry to ensure they arrive safely and efficiently at journey’s end. Such ‘smart’…

New cars including latest Mazda, Subaru and Vauxhall models are still vulnerable to keyless thefts as manufacturers are slammed for being slow to respond to the threat

New cars including the latest Mazda, Subaru and Vauxhall models are still vulnerable to keyless thefts, according to a new report. The study by Thatcham Research assessed the security features of 13 new cars and found that some were still coming to market with vulnerabilities. Manufacturers have been criticised for being slow to respond to the threat of relay attacks by thieves which has been blamed for a spike in car thefts in recent years,…

Internal HPD memo shows auto theft crimes increased 20% in January

HOUSTON – An internal Houston Police Department memo highlighting points from a monthly crime report shows auto theft crimes went up in the city in the first month of the year, some by dramatic rates. According to the memo, which was obtained by KPRC 2 and written by Commander Dana Hitzman of the auto theft division, all auto theft crimes increased by “approximately 20%.” Houston police characterize the numbers in the…

Over 100 recent catalytic converter thefts puts sheriff’s office in high gear

GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (02/13/2020) - Thieves are targeting parking lots across Genesee County. They're not looking for what's inside in this case. Instead, they're looking for what's underneath vehicles, which can cost drivers thousands of dollars. Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said the thieves are after metals inside of catalytic converters. Vehicles in parking lots, storage units and dealerships have been…

Police launch campaign to show how scooter theft enables other crimes

Thefts of scooters have become a perennial issue, particularly in London, in recent years for more than simply that crime, with assailants often going on to commit other crimes such burglaries and mobile phone snatches. As such, the Met Police is promoting its ‘Lock, Chain, Cover’ campaign with a new video that highlights the ‘Life of a Stolen Scooter’, showing it being thieved before it is used on a rampage of phone…

2 arrested for fraud, possibly in connection with northeast car theft ring

WATERTOWN, CT (WFSB) - Two men are accused of trying to fraudulently buy a car from a dealership in Watertown and could be connected to a northeast car theft ring. Police identified the suspects as Willie Samuel Baldayaquez of New Haven and Ruben Martinez of Wethersfield. Officers were called to Honda of Watertown on Feb. 7 around 4 p.m. for a fraudulent purchase of a vehicle. They found the suspects as they were trying to leave in an…

Cops recover stolen cars, seek more victims in multi-state crime spree based in N.J.

Police on Thursday said investigators recovered five stolen cars, drugs, guns and arrested two men in a string of crimes spanning New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Leon Lowery, 42, of North Brunswick, and Ishawn Redd, 39, of West Orange, face several felony charges, the New Jersey State Police announced. The arrests came as part of a six-month investigation dubbed “Operation Hellcat,” where detectives probed a string of commercial…

Many DC Victims of Car Theft Use Same Carsharing App, AG Warns

A large number of people who had their car stolen in the District of Columbia this year turned out to be using the carsharing app Getaround to make extra money by renting their personal vehicles, Attorney General Karl Racine warned residents in a statement. Since the start of 2020, more than 200 auto thefts have been reported to authorities in D.C. And over 75 of the victims were Getaround users, according to Racine. In a consumer alert the…

International car theft gang crushed in Alicante, Spain

Spain: The National Police have dismantled an organisation who specialised in vehicle theft. They are alleged to have stolen 80 vehicles which were then modified for shipment to North Africa. A total of 20 have been arrested, eleven in Alicante and nine in France. The organization was made up of highly skilled members who acted in a structured and hierarchical way. There were people stealing cars, mechanics, drivers and administrative…

Hertz employee charged with grand theft auto for illegal rental scheme

He was supposed to be working for a rental car company at the airport. Instead, he was ripping the company off and giving his friends a cheap ride, according to police, who put the brakes on his scheme. Donald Poole officially worked for Hertz Rental Car, but he was apparently running his own, illegal side business that landed him in jail, charged with grand theft auto. “This was just a dirty employee that became the target of our…