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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…

NICB Watercraft report 2020

NICB: 2019 Watercraft Theft Report

The National Insurance Crime Bureau today released its 2019 watercraft theft report. The report, based on theft data contained in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database, revealed that there was a total of 4,240 thefts in 2019—a decrease of 6% from 2018. To read more and to see the full report visit:…

Sudbury police nab luxury car thieves

Thieves using ID theft to target high-valued cars and SUVs across province Sudbury police say they stopped a "sophisticated, organized" group of car thieves from stealing luxury vehicles in the area. In a statement released Tuesday, GSPS say that a 35-year-old woman from Wasaga Beach was arrested at a local dealership after trying to buy a $77,000 vehicle. According to police, the woman used "very authentic" pieces of counterfeit provincial…

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,…

More than 70 premium cars stolen from dealership amid looting in Northern California

Police in Northern California are searching for suspects after rioters reportedly stole more than 70 premium cars from a dealership near San Francisco Sunday night. San Leandro Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership owner Carlos Hidalgo said that although he blocked the exits as a precaution, the thieves “started ramming, ramming until they could get out. They took out chains and fence posts. It was a very malicious…

Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in coronavirus pandemic

With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves. Despite silent streets and nearly nonexistent traffic, vehicle larcenies shot up 63% in New York and nearly 17% in Los Angeles from Jan. 1 through mid-May, compared with the same period last year. And many other law enforcement agencies around…

Alleged Identity Thief Arrested After Spending $250K On Convertible Bentley, Land Rover

MOORPARK (CBSLA) — Police say they have arrested an identity thief who used a Moorpark man’s identity to buy almost $250,000 worth of high-end luxury vehicles. Andrew Knight, 27, was arrested Tuesday in West Los Angeles, where Ventura County sheriff’s investigators found him, Ventura County sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Kevin Lynch said. Knight allegedly used the identity of a Moorpark man to take out a credit card and…

Police: 25 classic cars stolen, stripped at south St. Petersburg chop shop; two arrested

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - After 10 months of investigating, St. Petersburg detectives said they arrested two men involved in stealing classic cars, chopping them down, and either using or selling off the parts. Investigators also believe the men are behind some commercial burglaries and are responsible for 30 crimes within the city, plus 20 more in other parts of Pinellas County. James Nethery, 38, and Jason Canady, 39, started stealing and…

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…