Europe and the UK

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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…

California Department of Insurance Has Man Extradited from Poland in $2.6M Fraud Ring

California Department of Insurance detectives took Yeghishe Msryan, 67, into custody after he was arrested in Poland and extradited back to Los Angeles by the U.S. Marshals Service for his alleged involvement in an organized fraud ring in which he and co-conspirators submitted 50 fraudulent auto loans to receive an unearned $2.6 million in loan payments. Msryan is awaiting arraignment and bail is set at $1.9 million. Two co-conspirators, Peter…

Hackers under the hood

New vehicles are packed with so much ICT that they are effectively ’data centres on wheels. They run millions of lines of onboard software: from advance driver assistance systems and engine sensors, to satnav and infotainment. Connected cars also process large volumes of incoming-outgoing data that flows through computerised componentry to ensure they arrive safely and efficiently at journey’s end. Such ‘smart’…

New cars including latest Mazda, Subaru and Vauxhall models are still vulnerable to keyless thefts as manufacturers are slammed for being slow to respond to the threat

New cars including the latest Mazda, Subaru and Vauxhall models are still vulnerable to keyless thefts, according to a new report. The study by Thatcham Research assessed the security features of 13 new cars and found that some were still coming to market with vulnerabilities. Manufacturers have been criticised for being slow to respond to the threat of relay attacks by thieves which has been blamed for a spike in car thefts in recent years,…

Police launch campaign to show how scooter theft enables other crimes

Thefts of scooters have become a perennial issue, particularly in London, in recent years for more than simply that crime, with assailants often going on to commit other crimes such burglaries and mobile phone snatches. As such, the Met Police is promoting its ‘Lock, Chain, Cover’ campaign with a new video that highlights the ‘Life of a Stolen Scooter’, showing it being thieved before it is used on a rampage of phone…

International car theft gang crushed in Alicante, Spain

Spain: The National Police have dismantled an organisation who specialised in vehicle theft. They are alleged to have stolen 80 vehicles which were then modified for shipment to North Africa. A total of 20 have been arrested, eleven in Alicante and nine in France. The organization was made up of highly skilled members who acted in a structured and hierarchical way. There were people stealing cars, mechanics, drivers and administrative…

Hyundai joins CESAR

CESAR, the Construction Equipment Security & Registration Scheme, is promoted by the Construction Equipment Association (CEA). Participating manufacturers, which include Cat, Case, Doosan, JCB, Kubota, Manitou and Merlo, tag their machines with Datatag ID technology so that if the machine goes missing or is stolen, its identity can be proven. Hyundai has now joined that list. Regional sales manager Tony Reeves said: “Our…