Asia, Africa, and Australasia

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Crime on the dark web: law enforcement coordination is the only cure

Europol, through the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), has been supporting the investigation of criminal marketplaces on the dark web for some years by sharing tools, tactics, and techniques. The dark web hosts many of the more critical marketplaces for several criminal organisations and individual illegal activities in Europe and around the world. Due to its structural specificities – the possibility to buy and sell anonymously and the…

Cash For Scrap Ban Comes Into Effect Today

The Victorian Government has stepped up its fight against organised crime, with new laws banning cash for scrap metal coming into effect today. Minister for Police Lisa Neville joined Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz at a scrap metal facility in Melbourne’s north to launch the reforms to the Second Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 1989 and the Second Hand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Regulations 2018. Scrap metal dealers and auto…

BMW hackers rewarded for flagging security flaws

A team of ‘white hat’ hackers has uncovered 14 software and hardware vulnerabilities in a range of BMWs after carrying out what BMW says is the “most comprehensive and complex testing ever conducted” by a third-party company. The hackers found a range of vulnerabilities in the BMW i3 and X1, as well as the previous-generation 5 Series and 7 Series. Eight of the flaws related to the cars’ infotainment systems, four…

NMVTRC recommends changes to Australia’s Registration Procedures

Vehicle registrations will not be allowed to lapse if the changes proposed in new research by Austroads and the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) see the light of day. The "Better Management of End-of-Life Vehicles" report notes that while more than 700,000 vehicles are ‘retired’ from the national vehicle fleet every year, very few of these see the operator surrender the vehicle’s registration, or see the…

India: High Security Registration Plates mandatory from January 1, 2019

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced that High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) will be mandatory on all vehicles manufactured on or after January 1, 2019, in order to offer extra protection against vehicle theft. Ministry has also issued a new rule that makes it mandatory for car manufacturers to provide HSRPs, while dealerships will be responsible for affixing them. HSRPs were compulsory in 13 states until now and these…

Illegal waste trafficking: how to make EUR 1.8 million from 200 000 used tyres

As part of Operation ROTAMM, the Guardia Civil dismantled a criminal group operating from Spain that acquired used tyres and sold them illegally in Africa, America and Europe. The operation involved 17 countries from the 3 continents. It is estimated that the criminal organisation could have obtained net profits amounting to nearly EUR 2…

Dubai’s new “smart” license plates can communicate with onlookers

New license plate technology being put to the test in Dubai could benefit drivers but not be too helpful to car thieves. Among their myriad high-tech features, the plates can flash the word “stolen” in lieu of a registration number to quickly notify authorities. The digital plates go by the name of Tag 2 Connect and will be put to the test next month through November by the emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority…

Victoria Police warn thefts from vehicles on the rise

Victoria police are warning the public against leaving loose change and valuables in plain sight after a rise in vehicle thefts over the course of the last year. In 2016, there were a reported 158 thefts from vehicles across the downtown core, 32 of which occurred in parkades. In 2017, that number jumped to 441, with 241 of them occurring in parkades, marking a 25 per cent increase across Victoria and…

Today’s High Tech Cars Could Drive More Auto Theft

Many features on today’s economy car would have been expensive options on yesterday’s high-performance luxury automobile. Those high tech features can drive up the costs of a crash, and may have a chain reaction of high auto theft. A proliferation of sensors, computers, connected devices, safety features, climate and entertainment systems have turned the everyday auto into a networked array of technology. After a collision, all of…

Car thieves in Malaysia have gone high-tech, using device to unlock car with keyless entry: Report

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Owners of cars using the keyless entry system are at risk of having their vehicles stolen in minutes by a frequency-hacking device that is available in Malaysia. The device, which costs about RM150 (S$50) and can be obtained online or at some electronics stores, can unlock a car and start its engine by hacking its radio frequency identification (RFID) information. A source said the device could…