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Malayasia - Police cripple high-tech car theft ring

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have crippled a syndicate using high-tech gadgets to steal luxury vehicles that are then resold as cloned vehicles.The syndicate was able to clone a vehicle’s key-fob (security device used to access services and data) and drive off within 10 minutes. The tools included GPS trackers and key-fob replicator devices. City police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said they were alerted to the syndicate’s activities…

Thatcham releases latest results of motion sensors in key fobs that block relay attacks

Car makers have finally begun to fight back against the epidemic of keyless car crime, new tests have revealed. Six of the latest models from major manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Ford and VW received the highest security rating available in a new round of assessments that scrutinises how well vehicles stand-up against 'relay' thefts. It found that many of the latest cars with keyless entry and keyless start systems now have motion…

Five months after returning rental car, man still has remote control

When Masamba Sinclair rented a Ford Expedition from Enterprise Rent-a-Car last May, he was excited to connect it to FordPass. The app allows drivers to use their phones to remotely start and stop the engine, lock and unlock the doors, and track the vehicle's precise location. "I enjoyed it and logged into FordPass to be able to access vehicle features from my phone such as locking, unlocking, and starting the engine," Sinclair, who is 34,…

This is the device thieves are using to steal your car

Durban - A software device that cost just a few thousand rands and can be bought online is behind a spate of car thefts, security companies and police say. Car thieves are employing the use of diagnostic key readers to override a car's security system and clone car keys based on the data the key reader is able to siphon off the cars onboard diagnostics. One of these devices were found when police and the Amanzimtoti Community Crime…

Cops nab gang that stole luxury Toyota cars for sale in Thailand

KEPALA BATAS: Police say they have crippled a luxury car theft gang dubbed ‘Geng Acu’ with the arrest of the 39-year-old gang leader at his house in Tamam Bertam Ria, here last Friday. Seberang Perai Utara district police chief Noorzainy Mohd Noor said police also arrested another man, aged 26, and the gang leader’s girlfriend, 36, based on intelligence and surveillance over the past two weeks. The gang was believed to be…

Car thieves can steal cars in under a minute with tech sold on Amazon

Today’s cars are equipped with the latest security tech—things like remote locks and even engine immobilizers—but, as a new report shows, it’s actually getting easier to steal vehicles. The weak link in modern car security, according to a new report from the UK’s What Car, are the keyless entry systems and push button ignitions that are so commonplace today. Although those technologies make car ownership more…

What Makes Tesla Vehicles So Hard To Steal?

There are obvious answers to the above questions, as well as those that aren't so obvious. Thieves are having a hard time stealing vehicles made by Tesla. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), Tesla's 2016-2018 Model S and Model X was among the least stolen vehicles, only beaten by the BMW 3 series. The institute claims this is due to electric cars typically being stored in garages where they're…

Microdots in vehicles to soon become reality in India

Last week, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways introduced a draft of proposed amendments to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 in the context of microdots. This notification seeks to add the following sub-rule in the aforementioned Act: "The motor vehicles and their parts, components, assemblies, sub-assemblies etc. if affixed with microdot identifiers by the manufacturers shall comply with the requirements stipulated in standard AIS…

Penang car theft syndicate using electronics technology busted

GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA: Penang police have busted a vehicle theft syndicate using electronics technology to steal the vehicles, with the recent arrest of six men including the syndicate’s mastermind known as Ah Heng. Its Criminal Investigation Department chief, Datuk Zainol Samah today said six luxury vehicles valued at about RM530,000 that were reported stolen, were found by a police special team set up to track down the syndicate,…

Auto theft in the age of cybersecurity

In the days of “American Graffiti,” thieves could steal a car by using a Slim Jim to open the door, then touching the ignition wires together. With the move to electronic key fobs and computers, theft dropped dramatically. But the thieves have caught up – and with keyless ignitions it’s a simple matter for a tech-savvy thief to block the door lock signal or hack a vehicle's key fob. This new technology is dangerous…