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Security holes found in big brand car alarms

Security flaws in three specialist car alarms have left vehicles vulnerable to being stolen or hijacked, say researchers. The bugs were found in alarm apps by Clifford, Viper, and Pandora. The alarms are on three million vehicles. The security researchers exploited the bugs to activate car alarms, unlock a vehicle's doors and start the engine via an insecure app. The expose has prompted the firms to upgrade security to remove the…

Luxury car theft ring busted in Malaysia

GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA: Police have crippled a luxury car theft syndicate following the arrest of seven people, including a woman, earlier this month. Penang police chief Comm Datuk T. Narenasagaran said a team of police officers from the state headquarters’ criminal investigation department conducted raids at several locations in Kedah, Perlis and Perak on Feb 1. He said police successfully arrested six men and a woman, aged between 25…

How are criminals stealing cars via the coding of apps?

Speaking to Open Access Government, cybersecurity expert Asaf Ashekenazi of Inside Secure discusses the changing world of cybercrime. The interview covers new car-theft methods, protecting yourself, paradigm-shifts in the cybersecurity world, predictions for the future and the unknown security risks we face every day. This article follows our examination of keyless technology crimes, which you can read here. 1. How exactly are criminals…

Tesla’s Sentry add more safety for your car

According to federal statistics, there was an estimated one motor vehicle theft or attempted theft every 40.8 seconds in the United States in 2017— and that doesn’t even include the vast number of car break-ins that happen nationwide. To further enhance the security of our vehicles and give our customers additional peace of mind, today we’re starting to roll out a new safeguard – Sentry Mode – to protect against…

Six ways thieves can break into a car and how to prevent it

The days of hotwiring cars are long gone. Today’s thieves use a variety of sophisticated techniques to gain access to cars and start the engine. The police, car makers and the insurance industry are playing catch-up as techniques evolve and adapt quickly to modern cars. These measures are having some effect but as anti-theft systems become more advanced, so do the thieves. Below we outline six common methods used to steal vehicles that…

Gone in 20 seconds: Inside Christchurch’s youth car crime spree

About a dozen teenagers, some as young as 13 years old, are among Christchurch's most prolific car thieves as they seek the joyriding "rush".  Mazda Familias are their primary target of choice, they teach themselves how to drive and, so honed are their car theft skills, it takes them 20 to 30 seconds to break in and go.   The recent deaths of three boys in the group, who crashed a stolen…

Bosch system is the “key” to preventing digital car theft

Perfectly Keyless is as secure as a fingerprint Bosch division president Harald Kröger: “Our Perfectly Keyless system revolutionizes keyless entry systems.” With Perfectly Keyless, there is no more trade-off between convenience and safety in keyless entry systems. Using data transmission with a built-in digital security lock, the owner’s smartphone is accurately identified Secure digital key management for…

Global Automotive Cybersecurity Report 2019 - Upstream Security

The attached document is a cybersecurity focused report published by the security firm Upstream Security. The report covers specific types of cyber-attacks the automotive industry has experienced, popularity factors in types of attack vectors used (servers 21.4% - keyless entry 17.8%), the most target sectors (OEMs followed by Tier 1 Companies), and overall impact the incidents have had on various stakeholders (Unauthorized control over car…

Hackers target vehicles weakspots-Source-Upstream Security

Your High Tech Car Is a Magnet for Hacking

Hopping into an Uber or a Car2Go is a great way to get around. Unfortunately, hackers agree, exploiting weaknesses in apps to go on “phantom rides” with someone else’s profile. From such trips—like a man in Australia who went on more than 30 free drives on the GoGet car-sharing platform before being arrested—to vehicle theft and taking wireless control of cars, reported attacks on smart cars have ballooned six-fold…