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Alleged Kansai conman hid GPS in rental car he later stole

KOBE, JAPAN -- A self-described investor was slapped with a fresh arrest warrant on suspicion of stealing a luxury car he had earlier rented and secretly stashed a GPS device in to track its location after returning it, according to an announcement by Hyogo Prefectural Police on June 12. Tomohiro Kawanishi, 36, of Joto Ward in the city of Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, was rearrested on suspicion of theft, an individual familiar with…

Motorcycle theft is an epidemic, but one brand stands out among the rest

By Dr Ken German (Past IAATI UK Branch President).  Riding my Harley Davidson along the N340 through the Southern Andalusian mountains, the golden eagles floating above, was absolutely magic. But my ride came to a halt when a Spanish Guardia Civil police officer marched out in front of me and waved me to the back of a queue of other riders, all destined for an all-too-frequent road check. Spain has a motorcycle theft problem…

How likely are weaponized cars?

It is easy to become absorbed by the exaggerated Hollywood depictions of car hacking scenarios – to imagine a not-so-distant future when cars or their supporting infrastructures are hacked by criminals or terrorists and turned into lethal weapons. There are reasons why such a scenario has not happened yet. But could it? And if so, how can we prevent it? Some might argue that the likelihood of cars being weaponized is extremely low, but…

Infographic: The Technology Behind Car Hacking

With the rise of driverless and fully-electronic vehicles, the future of cars is exciting and limitless. Auto manufacturers have made important strides in technology that have improved the safety of our cars. However, as vehicles become increasingly more connected, the potential for car hacks will rise. Techaeris has developed an animated infographic with tips on how drivers can recognize and prevent car hacking against their vehicles. Click…

Hi-tech car theft syndicate crippled

Malaysia:  KOTA KINABALU: A car theft syndicate using a special electronic gadget to disarm the alarm system and activate the engine of a vehicle has been stopped in its tracks by the police here. Four members of the syndicate, which started their operation early this month, have been arrested, said State Commissioner of Police, Datuk Omar Mammah, yesterday. The arrests were made between May 19 to May 24, he said, adding that police are…

Security expert: Here’s how driverless cars could be hacked

David Kennedy, founder of TrustedSec (trustedsec.com) and Binary Defense Systems, is a white hat hacker and cybersecurity consultant to major corporations, manufacturers, financials and governments. Prior to the private sector, David worked for the US Marine Corps and was deployed twice to Iraq for intelligence related missions. The auto industry is rapidly moving toward a future of driverless cars. One of the main arguments in favor…

Ghana develops Vehicle Standards and Certification Programme which will address secuity and cloning issues

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has taken the lead role towards the establishment of a National Vehicle Homologation Programme for the Ghanaian automotive industry. It is also finalising Ghana’s Automotive Standards, in line with international vehicle standards with consideration for conditions in Ghana. To fulfil the task, the GSA has put together a 43-member national Multi-stakeholder technical committee on automobile standards to…

Cars stolen in the UK found at Mombasa port

Seven high-value vehicles suspected to have been stolen from the United Kingdom and shipped to Kenya have been intercepted at Mombasa port.  Falsified importation clearance documents indicate the vehicles valued at Sh500 million were destined to Uganda, but customs officials suspected they were likely to be diverted into the Kenya market. Speaking at the port on Friday British High Commissioner to Kenya Mr Nic Hailey said the seizure was an…

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…