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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’…

Your car’s been recalled: motorists warned about new car theft scam

JOHANNESBURG - A local insurance company has issued a warning to car owners about a new modus operandi in which motorists are being scammed into handing their car over to criminals under the pretense that it has been recalled. According to King Price, the client receives a phone call, as well as a follow-up e-mail, from a phony dealership claiming that a safety recall was in place and that the company was sending a flatbed truck to collect the…

From car keys to perfectly keyless. Over 100 years of Bosch car locking technology

Did the first motor carriages actually have locks? How did motorists in the last century prevent their vehicles from being stolen? It’s a long story. It tells of how theft protection first became necessary when people who were previously unfamiliar with cars learned how to start them in the first place. It also illustrates that people could only safely leave their valuables in the car when it had lockable doors, windows, and a roof. Even…

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…