Asia, Africa, and Australasia

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Victoria car theft crackdown: GPS trackers to be hidden in vehicles

Australia: The Victoria Police and the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council will trial fittiing hi -tech trackers to hundreds of vehicles in high risk suburbs to combat vehicle theft.  The trial will be rolled out as early as September and Police hope the trackers will eventually be fitted to every car in the state in a “game-changing” move.  The trackers will be synched with a car owner’s…

Powerpoint Presentations from Australasian Vehicle Crime Conference

Copies of selected PowerPoint presentations from the recent Australian Vehicle Crime Conference are now available for download. This conference was a jointly hosted conference between the Australasian Branch of IAATI, the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) and Victoria Police and held on 4-6 April, 2017 in Melbourne Australia. To download selected presentations please follow the link…

Second hand car buyers could be tracked ... by the previous owner

An IBM security researcher has warned that previous car owners can easily maintain data connections to their cars after they have been sold, allowing them to monitor the new owners and carry out remote control functions such as locking and unlocking the car doors. Charles Henderson, the leader of X-Force Red, IBM’s security testing group, stumbled across the phenomenon by chance when selling his car. He noticed that not only did he have…

Malaysia considers microchips in car number plates to curb theft, cloning

Malaysian transport authorities have decided to install microchips in registration plates of vehicles. It is expected that this new law will help reduce incidents of car theft and car cloning. Moreover, it will also help to track down motorists who fail to pay their traffic summonses. According to the Sunday Mail report, the microchips will have information about the vehicle owner, the driver, the engine, chassis numbers and even the colour and…