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High security number plates to be pre-fitted on vehicles from April 1st, 2019 in India

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has made a move to curb vehicle theft and enable easier tracking of lost and stolen vehicles. The new amendment of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989 has made it mandatory for all vehicles sold on or after April 1, 2019 to be pre-fitted with High Security Registration Plates (HSRP). According to the notification given by the MoRTH, dealers will be supplied with the HSRP (including the…

Three VWs recalled over lack of warning when key is left in ignition

A handful of new Volkswagen cars and crossovers are subject to a new recall from the German brand. In documents filed with the NHTSA last month and released this week, VW will recall the Atlas, Jetta, and Tiguan over no warning that the key has been left in the ignition. The recall applies to 2018 and 2019 Atlas crossover SUVs, 2019 Jetta sedans, and 2018 and 2019 Tiguan crossover SUV models that are not equipped with keyless entry. If a driver…

Will an App Hack Cyber Attack Steal Your Car - Your Life?

As more and more cars become internet-connected, cybersecurity has become a pressing issue for the automotive industry. Most of the industry’s security efforts are rightfully dedicated to protecting the car’s numerous components. But as smartphones have become integrated into our lives, an entirely new type of vulnerability has been introduced, one with which car manufacturers are much less accustomed to coping. The apps that allow…

Tesla rolls out update that makes it harder for thieves to steal cars by hacking the key fob

A new software update for the Tesla Model 3 will let vehicle owners and police track stolen cars. The move comes after a shocking video showed criminals stealing a $75,000 Model S by remotely hacking the car's key fob. These so-called 'relay attacks' involve thieves intercepting the signal sent between a key fob and a car that enables keyless entry. But the attackers in Essex, England took the scheme a step further and turned off the…

Fake Apps in Google Play Get over Half a Million Installs

At least a dozen mobile apps with no legitimate functionality made it into Google Play and have been installed over half a million times. Designed as car games they would silently install another app and trick the user into approving its installation.  The end game is to make money from pushing unsolicited advertisements to the user when they unlock the device.  Malware researcher Lukas Stefanko of ESET found 13 fraudulent apps that…

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…

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…

Mitigating cyberthreats in vehicles

In acts of terrorism, vehicles have been deployed as killing machines. These incidents involved human operators, but another sinister possibility looms: a vehicle cyber hack intended to cause human harm. While this kind of terrorist attack has not yet occurred, in the realm of security research, it’s been demonstrated how hackers could gain control over car systems like the brakes, steering and engine. In acts of terrorism, vehicles…

Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

A team of researchers at the KU Leuven University in Belgium on Monday plan to present a paper at the Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems conference in Amsterdam, revealing a technique for defeating the encryption used in the wireless key fobs of Tesla's Model S luxury sedans. With about $600 in radio and computing equipment, they can wirelessly read signals from a nearby Tesla owner's fob. Less than two seconds of computation…

Delhi government may use Microdot technology to curb motor vehicle thefts

The Delhi government's home department is looking at a 'microdot technology' to curb incidents of motor vehicle thefts in the city, an official said. In a meeting last month, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal had instructed authorities to explore the provision of making installation of various safety devices like anti-vehicle theft equipment a "mandatory condition" for registration of vehicles in the national capital. The use of…