Europe and the UK

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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,…

Owner of BMW X5 for sale outsmarts thieves who returned to steal his vehicle after taking his car key

A Stansted man outsmarted thieves who took the keys to his car that he was selling. Matt Butcher had put his BMW X5 up for sale and two men wearing Covid-19 face masks arrived at his home in Churchfields to view it. "They were overly curious about whether I had two keys and insisted on seeing the spare so they could check it worked," he said. "When my back was turned they swapped the spare key for another BMW key they'd brought with…

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…

Frontex leads massive international operation to find stolen cars and car parts

Spain: Law enforcement authorities seized more than 350 stolen cars and more than 1000 stolen car parts this month in a two-week international operation led by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. The operation was co-led by Poland, Greece, Germany and Europol and supported by INTERPOL, along with hundreds of border guards and police officers from 22 countries around Europe. Frontex set up a Coordination Centre at its…

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,…

Car owners urged to take action as catalytic converter thefts soar 600%

Car owners, especially those with hybrid models, are being urged to take steps to protect themselves from organised gangs stealing catalytic converters. Thefts of the essential exhaust components rocketed 600 per cent last year, according to a BBC investigation, with drivers left with huge bills to replace the stolen parts. In 2018 there were around 2,000 reported thefts of catalytic converters in England and Wales but in 2019 this shot up to…

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…

European Police Bust Polish Gang Suspected of Hacking and Stealing Cars

German and Polish police agencies announced Wednesday they had dismantled a Polish criminal network accused of stealing dozens of cars by breaching the keyless systems used to start the vehicles. The alleged thieves had racked up at least 34 vehicles worth $1.6 million by the time investigators raided their properties in Poland last week, according to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency. The alleged Polish criminal network…