Europe and the UK

News items from Europe and the UK

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…

The growing threat of car cybercrime

MOTORISTS are being warned of a huge rise in the number of cyberattacks as vehicles become increasingly technologically advanced. Modern “connected cars” use systems that collect masses of personal data that scammers are actively targeting to commit fraud. Hackers are also able to steal motors with keyless entry systems or else take control of some of the vehicles functions. Online comparison firm Uswitch is now offering advice on…

Cars made by Citroen, Honda, Kia, Nissan, Peugeot and Vauxhall are still vulnerable to keyless thefts

Some 33 brands asked what measures they had to prevent keyless car thefts Only Mercedes-Benz and Tesla have blocking systems across their ranges Another 12 brands have measures to stop relay attacks, but not for all models Many of these new systems are motion sensors that put keyfobs into an auto sleep model if the keys have not been moved for half an hour This stop them from being infiltrated using relay attacks while owners…

Popular Ford and VW cars found to have ‘serious security flaws’ with their connected systems putting personal data and safety at risk

The latest cars from best-selling brands Ford and Volkswagen are worryingly susceptible to being hacked, according to a report from a consumer group.  Examples of the current Ford Focus family hatchback and Volkswagen Polo supermini, with connected technology built in were found to have 'serious security flaws' that could be breached. This could allow criminals to take control while they're being driven and access to owners…

Car theft warning from Tracker

Company car drivers and fleets are being warned by Tracker to be wary of opportunistic criminals looking to steal cars to fill a replacement parts gap caused by COVID-19. The stolen vehicle recovery company says that police across the country are already fighting an increase in ‘chop shops’ – where stolen vehicles are stripped down and expensive parts sold on. But, it argues, the lack of legitimate parts could increase their…