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Thefts of Catalytic converters in Sweden

There has been a number of reports from other countries about thefts of Catalytic converters but in our country, it has not been an issue previous years. The first 6 months of this year, we have seen a spike in thefts. From a very low number of thefts during 2019, it exploded in 2020. From January until end of June, we have had 1099 units stolen. This is an increase more than 1300 % comparing with all thefts of Catalytic converters 2019 Most…

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…

UK Car Parks With Worst Crime Rates

Revealed: The busy car parks with the worst crime rates and ones where your vehicle is most likely to be safe.  Analysis of the 200 most-used car parks in the England, Wales, Northern Ireland.  It revealed that an NCP facility in Covent Garden, London, has the worst record.  Some 368 motor-related crimes were reported at the postcode in 2019-2020 NCP, the UK's biggest operator, dominates the standings for poor…

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The ‘Game Boy’ That Steals Cars

Retro gaming devices have been turned into £20,000 gadgets which can unlock cars without breaking the locks or windows, the AA has warned. The most common keyless theft involves criminals ‘relaying’ a signal from the fob inside the owner’s home to the vehicle outside. But thieves are now using sophisticated gadgets which allow them to enter luxury vehicles without the need to relay from a nearby fob. One such device is…

Selling or renting a vehicle? Be aware of the privacy risk in your infotainment systems

The infotainment systems in modern vehicles contain reams of data. Most people understand the privacy risks when selling or disposing of a personal computer or cellphone. The same awareness, however, doesn’t seem to be translating to the vehicles we drive when it comes time to trade them in for a new model. “I should perceive selling my car like I was selling my laptop,” says Mahesh Tripunitara, a professor of electrical and…

RAID Busts Criminal Organization’s VIN-Switch Operation, Recovers Nearly $1.5 Million-Worth of Stole

RIVERSIDE – “That is not my beautiful car.” – Imagine being scammed on the transaction of a luxury or newer car – then discover that armed, organized criminals delivered that ride to you. When innocent purchasers of newer and luxury vehicles throughout Southern Cal., Nevada, and Arizona found themselves duped – the Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) stepped in. A several-month investigation,…

Using Twins to Prevent Car Hacking

Car hacking continues to be a growing concern for car manufacturers and their suppliers. As the latest drafts of the new ISO 21434 international standard for automotive cybersecurity and the upcoming WP.29 regulation suggest, vendors need a lot more work surrounding the protection of the vehicles they sell to us. One recent solution developed for this problem is called Cybersecurity Digital Twins. A digital twin is a real-time, virtual replica…

Autonomous Cars: The Cybersecurity Issues Facing the Industry

With new technology constantly emerging and becoming one of the latest trends or must-haves, people can be forgiven for forgetting the real-life applications of the technology. Autonomous cars have long been a staple in science fiction but in the last decade, they have moved closer to general availability as more and more companies start developing their own offerings. However, while autonomous vehicles have the potential to reshape transport…

Moldovan ‘Burglary Tourist’ is Jailed for Ten Months After Travelling to the UK to Steal Luxury Keyless Cars Including £37,000 BMW Using High-Tech Amplifying Signal Device

A Moldovan 'burglary tourist' was jailed for ten months after travelling to the UK to steal luxury keyless cars, including a £37,000 BMW, using high-tech devices. The officer seized a rucksack from Muntean which contained an amplifying signal device which can help users steal cars without keys, a tracker jamming device so the vehicle cannot be tracked once stolen plus a GPS system. To read the full article: …

Your car is collecting your data – and hackers can get their hands on it

When you sell your tech secondhand, nothing is more important than clearing the data off your device. If you fail to do so, your private information could fall into the wrong hands — which can mean identity theft, stolen money or worse. Lingering data from previous owners is a major issue for smartphones on the secondhand market. In fact, a study concluded that 1/5 of the smartphones sold on eBay were not properly reformatted, and 17% of…