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These are the 4 top hacking vulnerabilities in today’s cars

There’s a lot of digital technology packed into today’s vehicles.  Even before it’s turned on, a modern car is actively communicating with itself, its maker, its key, your phone, and many more digital points in a concerted effort to help make your life more convenient and safe. That’s the idea behind it all, anyway.  Unfortunately, there are those who would use those communication points as digital on-ramps…

Connected Car Report 2020: The Models Most Open To Hacks

“Connected Car Report 2020: The Models Most Open To Hacks," finds all of Car and Driver’s top 10 best-selling cars for 2020 clearly have features that allow wireless connectivity with safety critical systems and no known way to disconnect those systems. This leaves the vehicles vulnerable to an unprecedented, large-scale hack. To prepare the report, Consumer Watchdog reviewed technical specifications and surveyed dozens of sales…

Car-Hacking Expert Says Autonomous Cars Would Be Terrible Drug Mules

The idea of self-driving cars being used for crime has been suggested, but a car-hacking expert told us success for autonomous drug mules or other criminal endeavors is not that likely. The systems will surely be exploited at some point, experts told Car and Driver, but likely not for high-level crimes due to the expense, time, and knowledge it would take to pull it off. However, it's those working at ride-hailing companies and service…

Smart ways to tackle the rise in rural crime

RURAL crime, such as vehicle and livestock theft, is on the rise. Figures from the NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report 2020, reveal that rural crime cost the UK £54.3m in 2019, the highest it has been in the last eight years, and an increase of nine per cent from the previous year. Figures from 2019 show that agricultural vehicle theft is up by £1.9m to a total of £9.3m, livestock theft is up by £200,000, to a total of…

Car theft warning: Millions of drivers have no security - ‘essential’ steps to stop crime

Over five million cars could be at risk of crime as one in seven drivers admit to not having any security tools to protect from thieves. The new analysis revealed a massive 40 percent of road users do not have a simple car alarm installed on their vehicles in a major risk. Just 38 percent of motorists had a built-in steering lock connected to their vehicle to stop trespassers driving off with the car. More than 80 percent of motorists did not…

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…