Asia, Africa, and Australasia

News items from Asia, Africa and Australasia

The COVID-19 vaccine’s logistics will be targeted. Vet the supply chain.

The arrival and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine will not be that dissimilar to a new smartphone launch: A significant event that is marked by limited supply with increased product demand, potentially creating a gray market for supplies, particularly in countries with high rates of cargo theft. This kind of large-scale, near-simultaneous delivery of a new product will strain demand for specialized transportation resources, such as…

Vulnerability in Tesla Model X allows car theft in minutes

All a burglar needs is a few minutes and a small set of hardware worth about $300. Lennert Wouters, a security researcher at KU Leuven, a Belgian university, discovered numerous vulnerabilities in Tesla Model X that make it possible to steal a car easily and quickly. According to him, Wouters found many security vulnerabilities in both Tesla Model X and its panels. He plans to present all his findings at the Real World conference in January,…

How to secure your car with an OBD port locking device

With car thefts increasing by 21% between 2016 and 2019, keeping your vehicle secure is a growing concern.  Thefts using the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) port often make the news, typically with attention-grabbing videos of how easy the process can be.  We have all the information on what car OBD port theft means, and the options you can take to help protect your car. What exactly is an OBD port? An On-Board Diagnostics port is a…

Catalytic Converter Thefts - Hybrid vehicles often at greater risk

A recent article on www.thisismoney.co.uk website details how Catalytic Converter theft is often more common amongst hybrid vehicles versions of Honda Jazz, Lexus RX and Toyota's Auris and Prius as hybrids has higher concentrations of value precious metals. This article provides asn excellent overview of Catalytic Converter thefts, explains what they are so valuabel to thieves and what is being done to try and stop this crime. To read…

Warning: new car theft scam in South Africa

Vehicle-tracking company Tracker says it has recently become aware of a car theft scam which is being used by a syndicate in South Africa. Customers are being contacted by the scamsters who are pretending to work for Tracker. They advise the customer that there is something wrong with their tracking device and that they need to come out to repair or replace the device. Once on-site, the perpetrators will claim that they need to test the…

Biometric vehicle access forecasts climb, facial recognition features in more new car models

The market for biometrics in automobiles continues to see increased supply, with Cadillac, Buick, and China’s Human Horizons launching new models with facial recognition, a new document-signing capability from Syngrafii for automotive transactions, and a partnership between Cerence and an electric vehicle manufacturer on voice technology. The global market for biometric vehicle access systems is forecast to reach $1.56 billion by 2025,…

The cyber risk of virtual car keys

Allianz and RCAR have defined a global list of requirements for virtual keys Clients must still be able to prove total theft Virtual keys must not be duplicable Connected cars need to offer adequate protection from potential cyber risks, but at the same time they have to permit discrimination-free access to the vehicle’s data so that third parties can perform servicing. Just how complex that can turn out to be in practice was…

Tricks Thieves Are Using to Steal Cars in Kenya

Motor vehicle theft has gone a notch higher in Kenya, with a sophisticated crop of thugs engineering new tactics regularly. On Sunday, September 20, the DCI announced the arrest of 3 individuals believed to be part of a car theft syndicate that has been terrorising motorists in Nairobi as well as Mombasa County. "Pursuing a case where the victim hired his KCT 250T Toyota Axio on 26th July, 2020 to one of the suspects; George Morara Aboki for…

App makers arrested for aiding car theft; stolen car buyers flee

India: Noida police busted an interstate gang selling cars from Delhi-NCR and selling them in Kashmir and Meerut at cheap prices today. The police arrested six members of the gang of vehicle thieves from Pir Kat in front of Suman Bajaj Agency located in Sector 62, Noida. By unlocking the car through an app, this gang stole more than a hundred cars from Noida-NCR. Police have recovered 13 stolen cars from Delhi-NCR on the spot from the…

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…