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4 Ways Your Car Can Be Hacked and How to Prevent It

Cybercriminals are finding ways to bypass your automotive security defenses and hack into your vehicles. It doesn't come as a surprise though, because modern cars are essentially computers on wheels. They are loaded with embedded electronic control units (ECUs) that monitor and control core vehicle functions, including the navigation, steering, brakes, entertainment, and the engine itself. Here are some of the ways cybercriminals can access…

Impact of COVID on vehicle theft in Canada, South Africa and the Netherlands

With the 2020 vehicle theft statistics being compiled around the world, the impact of COVID on theft numbers is being revealed. Three separate reports have been released showing a decrease in   vehicle thefts in: Alberta, Canada,  South Africa Canada And soon to be released statistics from Australia show a similar trend For details of the findings in Alberta, Canad…

Beware: Over 200 duped in new car theft scam in UAE – News

UAE authorities have warned residents selling their cars online to be extra careful in dealing with potential buyers, as the police have uncovered a new scam that emerged in 2020, when Covid-19 struck. The Dubai Police said they had received at least 250 reports from residents who had been duped into giving their vehicles to fraudsters who posed as buyers. The gangs, found to be run by criminals who had entered the UAE on a tourist visa, had a…

How car thieves are changing their tactics during the pandemic

HOUSTON – Before the pandemic, a motor vehicle theft occurred about every seven minutes in Texas. Lt. Tommy Hansen, the chair of the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority, said it is now closer to every six minutes. “We’re just seeing a massive increase in the numbers of thefts,” Hansen said. “We’ve got anywhere from 10% to almost 40% increases in certain areas of the state of Texas.” Read more…

These are the 4 top hacking vulnerabilities in today’s cars

There’s a lot of digital technology packed into today’s vehicles.  Even before it’s turned on, a modern car is actively communicating with itself, its maker, its key, your phone, and many more digital points in a concerted effort to help make your life more convenient and safe. That’s the idea behind it all, anyway.  Unfortunately, there are those who would use those communication points as digital on-ramps…

Connected Car Report 2020: The Models Most Open To Hacks

“Connected Car Report 2020: The Models Most Open To Hacks," finds all of Car and Driver’s top 10 best-selling cars for 2020 clearly have features that allow wireless connectivity with safety critical systems and no known way to disconnect those systems. This leaves the vehicles vulnerable to an unprecedented, large-scale hack. To prepare the report, Consumer Watchdog reviewed technical specifications and surveyed dozens of sales…

Gone in 60 Seconds: The Latest High-tech Car Con

No threats, no guns, no violence – but your car is gone in the blink of an eye. It’s the 2020 incarnation of a sophisticated con that gets you to part with the keys to your high-end luxury vehicle – with a smile. A scam so slick that it’s left victims baffled after they willingly parted with their cars to complete strangers. Carte Blanche investigates. (video length 10 mins. 53 seconds): Click this link to see the…

Car-Hacking Expert Says Autonomous Cars Would Be Terrible Drug Mules

The idea of self-driving cars being used for crime has been suggested, but a car-hacking expert told us success for autonomous drug mules or other criminal endeavors is not that likely. The systems will surely be exploited at some point, experts told Car and Driver, but likely not for high-level crimes due to the expense, time, and knowledge it would take to pull it off. However, it's those working at ride-hailing companies and service…

Inter-state car theft racket busted in Navi Mumbai, 5 arrested – mumbai information

In a case much like what you see in motion pictures, the Navi Mumbai crime department busted an inter-state gang that duped folks by providing to hire their autos to company homes and resorts. The police went undercover as tenants and waiters in several housing societies and resorts to lure the gang members. The gang opened bogus firms, took possession of the autos together with their paperwork and later shut store and offered the autos in…