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Classic cars stolen in Ireland

Irish police home in on classic car scam with four arrests

It’s not just modern cars that are stolen by society’s ill-mannered heavies. The theft of older vehicles remains far from uncommon, with custodians of classic cars having to endure no-end of insurance rate hikes and scaremongering from flailing specialist media. Thugs are rarely caught, but a breakthrough in County Limerick, Ireland has caught four men red handed. Classic car related crime appears to be on the up, the robbery of…

Vehicle thefts increasing, Tuscaloosa police say

As of Wednesday morning, the Tuscaloosa Police Department and Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office have investigated 13 stolen vehicle reports this month, according to crimereports.com, the website that compiles incident data reported by departments across 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…

Driver loses his car to hackers. TWICE

You can imagine the dismay: you scrimp and save to buy a £72,000 ($92,000) Volvo XC90 4×4 only to wind up standing outside in your slippers, bewailing a parking spot suddenly as barren as your dreams of having a nice car. TWICE. Sadly enough, this is the fate that befell Londoner Jas Hara, all thanks to those keyless entry fobs and the thieves who know how to hack them. Car-hacking, or “relay attack”, is said to have…

Motor insurers paying out a record amount to motorists

Motor insurance pay-outs so far this year have reached a record level with over £23 million being paid every day, according to figures out today (20 November) at the ABI’s Motor Conference. The pay-outs cover theft, own vehicle and third-party property damage, as well as personal injury compensation. Rising repair bills and theft claims are the main driving forces behind the rise. The ABI’s latest motor claims data collected…

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…