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VW lets Apple users unlock their cars with Siri

VW announced on Monday (12th November, 2019) that its smartphone app now supports Siri commands for Apple users. Notably, Apple users can now unlock and lock their Volkswagen with a Siri voice command. After a user logs into the Car-Net app, a handful of new functions will be available with the typical "Hey, Siri" voice command. VW said Apple users can simply say, "Hey, Siri, lock my car" and Car-Net will execute the function. For those…

Feds: Vehicle theft ring exposes oversight weakness in South Dakota

NEW YORK — A ring of savvy car thieves in New York exploited a bureaucratic weakness by registering many of their ripped-off Lamborghinis and Range Rovers in South Dakota, a state that lets people register out-of-state vehicles by mail and wasn't thoroughly checking to see if they were stolen, the FBI said. Federal prosecutors in New York brought federal conspiracy charges against seven people this week, blaming them for the thefts of…

Cybercrimes Remain Most Worrisome to Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The frequency with which Americans worry about becoming the victim of a variety of different crimes is similar to last year, as they remain much more likely to fear being victimized by cybercrimes than traditional crimes. Of the 13 crimes measured, only two garner majority-level concern from Americans -- 71% say they frequently or occasionally fear that computer hackers will access their personal, credit card or financial…

Less than 1% of UK drivers aware of hacking threats – new research

Nearly all UK drivers with keyless technology are unaware of the major digital threats posed by hackers, according to research conducted by MoneySuperMarket. The study reveals that 99% of drivers are unaware of security flaws such as phone phishing, where hackers send emails to drivers which contain malicious links that connect to a car’s Wi-Fi features and take control. MoneySuperMarket says 16% of drivers - or someone they know - have…

2017 Germany: Most-Frequently Stolen Car Brands and Models

In 2017, Volkswagen, Audi and BMW were the car brands most frequently stolen in Germany. However, per number of insured cars, the theft risk was the highest for Land Rover and Porsche owners. The total numbers of car stolen in Germany in 2017 was at a decade low although the cost to insurers increased with cost per claim reaching an all-time…

‘International gangs’ continue to target farmers’ machinery

West Country farmers have been told to ramp up security by rural insurer NFU Mutual, as the gangs target tractors and clone them to sell abroad.Rural crime cost the South West £5.9m in 2017, a rise of 5.3 per cent from the previous year.  Devon has been particularly hard hit, with rural theft costing the county £532,585, up 46.8 per cent from 2016. The items most commonly targeted by thieves in the South West were quad bikes and…

NICB Releases 2018 Annual Holiday Vehicle Theft Report

DES PLAINES, Ill., Oct. 30, 2018 — New data released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows a total of 22,770 vehicles were reported stolen on the 11 holidays in 2017 covered in this report. NICB theft data is pulled from the National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) stolen vehicle…

BlackVue dashcams share cars’ mapped GPS locations, stream video feeds and audio

Just as some people are unknowingly streaming live video from security cams in their homes, some are also unknowingly live-streaming video from their cars. They have made the video feed from their front and rear dashcams, as well as the mapped GPS location of the vehicle – the speed it is going or if it is parked – and even audio from inside the vehicle, available to the public. BlackVue comes with a Cloud Viewer which allows owners…