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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…

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High security number plates to be pre-fitted on vehicles from April 1st, 2019 in India

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has made a move to curb vehicle theft and enable easier tracking of lost and stolen vehicles. The new amendment of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989 has made it mandatory for all vehicles sold on or after April 1, 2019 to be pre-fitted with High Security Registration Plates (HSRP). According to the notification given by the MoRTH, dealers will be supplied with the HSRP (including the…

Three VWs recalled over lack of warning when key is left in ignition

A handful of new Volkswagen cars and crossovers are subject to a new recall from the German brand. In documents filed with the NHTSA last month and released this week, VW will recall the Atlas, Jetta, and Tiguan over no warning that the key has been left in the ignition. The recall applies to 2018 and 2019 Atlas crossover SUVs, 2019 Jetta sedans, and 2018 and 2019 Tiguan crossover SUV models that are not equipped with keyless entry. If a driver…

Will an App Hack Cyber Attack Steal Your Car - Your Life?

As more and more cars become internet-connected, cybersecurity has become a pressing issue for the automotive industry. Most of the industry’s security efforts are rightfully dedicated to protecting the car’s numerous components. But as smartphones have become integrated into our lives, an entirely new type of vulnerability has been introduced, one with which car manufacturers are much less accustomed to coping. The apps that allow…

Tesla rolls out update that makes it harder for thieves to steal cars by hacking the key fob

A new software update for the Tesla Model 3 will let vehicle owners and police track stolen cars. The move comes after a shocking video showed criminals stealing a $75,000 Model S by remotely hacking the car's key fob. These so-called 'relay attacks' involve thieves intercepting the signal sent between a key fob and a car that enables keyless entry. But the attackers in Essex, England took the scheme a step further and turned off the…