Asia, Africa, and Australasia

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Selling or renting a vehicle? Be aware of the privacy risk in your infotainment systems

The infotainment systems in modern vehicles contain reams of data. Most people understand the privacy risks when selling or disposing of a personal computer or cellphone. The same awareness, however, doesn’t seem to be translating to the vehicles we drive when it comes time to trade them in for a new model. “I should perceive selling my car like I was selling my laptop,” says Mahesh Tripunitara, a professor of electrical and…

RAID Busts Criminal Organization’s VIN-Switch Operation, Recovers Nearly $1.5 Million-Worth of Stole

RIVERSIDE – “That is not my beautiful car.” – Imagine being scammed on the transaction of a luxury or newer car – then discover that armed, organized criminals delivered that ride to you. When innocent purchasers of newer and luxury vehicles throughout Southern Cal., Nevada, and Arizona found themselves duped – the Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) stepped in. A several-month investigation,…

Thieves steal 97 cars during New Zealand coronavirus lockdown

They figured it was like taking candy from a baby amid the coronavirus lockdown. A group of thieves took advantage of the strict measures in place in New Zealand to break into a car rental company in Auckland and drive off with almost 100 vehicles, according to the BBC. The kleptomaniac Kiwis were so pleased with the ease in which they carried out the heist that they kept coming back for more – finally stealing 97 and driving them along…

Using Twins to Prevent Car Hacking

Car hacking continues to be a growing concern for car manufacturers and their suppliers. As the latest drafts of the new ISO 21434 international standard for automotive cybersecurity and the upcoming WP.29 regulation suggest, vendors need a lot more work surrounding the protection of the vehicles they sell to us. One recent solution developed for this problem is called Cybersecurity Digital Twins. A digital twin is a real-time, virtual replica…

Autonomous Cars: The Cybersecurity Issues Facing the Industry

With new technology constantly emerging and becoming one of the latest trends or must-haves, people can be forgiven for forgetting the real-life applications of the technology. Autonomous cars have long been a staple in science fiction but in the last decade, they have moved closer to general availability as more and more companies start developing their own offerings. However, while autonomous vehicles have the potential to reshape transport…

Your car is collecting your data – and hackers can get their hands on it

When you sell your tech secondhand, nothing is more important than clearing the data off your device. If you fail to do so, your private information could fall into the wrong hands — which can mean identity theft, stolen money or worse. Lingering data from previous owners is a major issue for smartphones on the secondhand market. In fact, a study concluded that 1/5 of the smartphones sold on eBay were not properly reformatted, and 17% of…

The growing threat of car cybercrime

MOTORISTS are being warned of a huge rise in the number of cyberattacks as vehicles become increasingly technologically advanced. Modern “connected cars” use systems that collect masses of personal data that scammers are actively targeting to commit fraud. Hackers are also able to steal motors with keyless entry systems or else take control of some of the vehicles functions. Online comparison firm Uswitch is now offering advice on…

Popular Ford and VW cars found to have ‘serious security flaws’ with their connected systems putting personal data and safety at risk

The latest cars from best-selling brands Ford and Volkswagen are worryingly susceptible to being hacked, according to a report from a consumer group.  Examples of the current Ford Focus family hatchback and Volkswagen Polo supermini, with connected technology built in were found to have 'serious security flaws' that could be breached. This could allow criminals to take control while they're being driven and access to owners…

California Department of Insurance Has Man Extradited from Poland in $2.6M Fraud Ring

California Department of Insurance detectives took Yeghishe Msryan, 67, into custody after he was arrested in Poland and extradited back to Los Angeles by the U.S. Marshals Service for his alleged involvement in an organized fraud ring in which he and co-conspirators submitted 50 fraudulent auto loans to receive an unearned $2.6 million in loan payments. Msryan is awaiting arraignment and bail is set at $1.9 million. Two co-conspirators, Peter…

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’…