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BMW hackers rewarded for flagging security flaws

A team of ‘white hat’ hackers has uncovered 14 software and hardware vulnerabilities in a range of BMWs after carrying out what BMW says is the “most comprehensive and complex testing ever conducted” by a third-party company. The hackers found a range of vulnerabilities in the BMW i3 and X1, as well as the previous-generation 5 Series and 7 Series. Eight of the flaws related to the cars’ infotainment systems, four…

NMVTRC recommends changes to Australia’s Registration Procedures

Vehicle registrations will not be allowed to lapse if the changes proposed in new research by Austroads and the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) see the light of day. The "Better Management of End-of-Life Vehicles" report notes that while more than 700,000 vehicles are ‘retired’ from the national vehicle fleet every year, very few of these see the operator surrender the vehicle’s registration, or see the…

NICB: US Watercraft Thefts Resume Downward Trend

DES PLAINES, Ill., May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Insurance Crime Bureau's (NICB) 2017 watercraft theft report shows a five percent decrease and resumes the downward trend in thefts that was broken by 2016's slight increase. A total of 4,864 watercraft were reported stolen between January 1 and December 31, 2017. The report is based on theft data contained in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC)…

Sat Nav service for thieves!

Online shopping giant eBay have been accused of offering a 'sat nav service for thieves' by showing the precise location of collection-only valuables. Sellers of cars and motorbikes have discovered to their horror that potential buyers can zoom in to within a few metres of where the item is for sale. But the problem, caused by phone app versions of eBay, means the location of almost any heavy and valuable item for collection-only is…

NICB: Online App Used to Purchase Truck with Fake Title and VIN

DES PLAINES, Ill., May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the past few years, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has warned consumers to be on the lookout for scams when buying a used vehicle. Working with law enforcement officials in Daytona Beach, Fla., NICB has identified a number of online sales of vehicles using the mobile app OfferUp. These vehicles are listed below market value and are being sold with fake VIN numbers and/or phony…

Yet another successful strike against ATM raiders in Germany

In the early morning hours of 4th May 2018 an ATM was raided in a small town in the vicinity of Wiesbaden, the capital of the German federal state of Hesse. The suspects used flammable gas to blow up the ATM machine and get access to the cash inside. When escaping the crime scene by car, the two perpetrators, Dutch nationals aged 23 and 28, caused a traffic accident on the motorway. In course of the accident the suspects’ car was damaged…

India: High Security Registration Plates mandatory from January 1, 2019

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced that High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) will be mandatory on all vehicles manufactured on or after January 1, 2019, in order to offer extra protection against vehicle theft. Ministry has also issued a new rule that makes it mandatory for car manufacturers to provide HSRPs, while dealerships will be responsible for affixing them. HSRPs were compulsory in 13 states until now and these…

Range Rover, BMW and high end premium car Electronic Relay Thefts CAN be stopped

The headlines in the press are full of stories of cars, especially high-end premium cars, being stolen using electronic relay technology to silently steal a car without a key. But now Thatcham Research has announced updates to the New Vehicle Security Assessment (NVSA) programme for 2019, against which all new cars are assessed to acquire an insurance group rating, in an effort to cut car thefts by thieves grabbing electronic gizmos online…

Car-theft gadgets still being sold on Amazon and eBay for £100

Gadgets that can be used to steal vehicles in a matter of seconds are being sold online for as little as £100. Internet sites, Amazon and eBay are selling the hacking devices which allow a user to reprogramme a blank key fob so it can start a car's ignition. Other items such as lock picks are also available to buy online. The web retailers have come under attack from a crime commissioner who accused them of being "irresponsible" and…

Illegal waste trafficking: how to make EUR 1.8 million from 200 000 used tyres

As part of Operation ROTAMM, the Guardia Civil dismantled a criminal group operating from Spain that acquired used tyres and sold them illegally in Africa, America and Europe. The operation involved 17 countries from the 3 continents. It is estimated that the criminal organisation could have obtained net profits amounting to nearly EUR 2…