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Suspected burglar caught after Tesla records its own break-in with Sentry Mode

SAN FRANCISCO -- An auto burglar was caught on camera and then caught thanks to one of Tesla's latest software updates. The car's owner was able to capture stunningly clear video of his vehicle being broken into in San Francisco. Jed Franklin is a model who "super commutes" more than 100 miles from Folsom to San Francisco for fittings and photo shoots. While parked along the Embarcadero for a Levi's fitting on April 3, Jed got an…

Car Theft: Auto Theft Task Forces & Potential Solutions (Part 3)

During the 1990s, as carjacking and other types of auto theft became a focus of law enforcement efforts, task forces were formed in several areas of the country to combat the problem and were significantly effective in reducing crime. In New Jersey, the Assembly Task Force on Auto Theft was created in October 1992, to study auto theft in the state and report back to the New Jersey Legislature with recommendations. The New Jersey State Police…

Car Theft: Regional Auto Theft Trends (Part 2)

It is important to keep tabs on crime patterns in different regions to understand types and methods of auto theft that could be headed to your area soon. Different agencies have recognized these regional patterns and discovered their own tactics to combat them, but regional task forces are still crucial in looking beyond a single prosecution to take down an entire theft ring at one time. According to DJ Thompson, Senior Director of Law…

Car Theft: National Auto Theft Trends (Part 1)

Auto theft reached a high in the 1990s, with 658.9 reported auto thefts per 100,000 inhabitants nationally, as reported in on Statista.com. In 1992, the federal Anti Car Theft Act of 1992 - P. L. 102-519; 106 Stat. 3384 - was passed, defining carjacking as a federal crime: using a firearm to forcibly take a motor vehicle is punishable by up to 15 years. If serious bodily injury or death results, the penalties are substantially greater, up to…

Tens of thousands of cars were left exposed to thieves due to a hardcoded password

The maker of a popular vehicle telematics system has left hardcoded credentials inside its mobile apps, leaving tens of thousands of cars vulnerable to hackers. Security updates that remove the hardcoded credentials have been made available for both the MyCar Android and iOS apps since mid-February, the security researcher who found this issue told ZDNet today. Similarly, the hardcoded credentials were also removed on the server-side to…

Number of Vehicle Thefts with Keys Left Inside Growing Fast

U.S. motorists appear to forgetting one of the earliest lessons of car ownership: Don’t leave your keys in the car. The National Insurance Crime Bureau reported on Monday that the number of vehicles that were stolen because drivers left their keys or fobs in their vehicles increased 56 percent over a three-year period, and 88 percent in the past five years. NICB said 229,339 vehicles were stolen in that manner from 2015 through 2018…

Unique Method to Steal Car From Driveway

A Hialeah resident said she's been feeling nervous since her car was stolen from her driveway in an unusual theft caught on surveillance cameras. A pair is seen on the footage at around 2:15 a.m. Friday along West 29th Lane and West 72nd Street. Noslen Martinez said she believes the suspects used a laptop to open up her white Hyundai sports vehicle electronically and turn it on without it being detected. The two men are seen leisurely…

Security holes found in big brand car alarms

Security flaws in three specialist car alarms have left vehicles vulnerable to being stolen or hijacked, say researchers. The bugs were found in alarm apps by Clifford, Viper, and Pandora. The alarms are on three million vehicles. The security researchers exploited the bugs to activate car alarms, unlock a vehicle's doors and start the engine via an insecure app. The expose has prompted the firms to upgrade security to remove the…

Privacy advocate sues sheriff’s deputies after license plate readers target his car stolen

SAN PABLO, Calif. (KTVU) - Brian Hofer has worked for the last half decade on defending citizens’ rights to privacy and creating tighter oversight surrounding the use of mass surveillance techniques and technology. As chair of Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission, Hofer, 41, has railed against what he describes as the seemingly arbitrary use of Automated License Plate Readers -- cameras that ping police and private agencies by…

How are criminals stealing cars via the coding of apps?

Speaking to Open Access Government, cybersecurity expert Asaf Ashekenazi of Inside Secure discusses the changing world of cybercrime. The interview covers new car-theft methods, protecting yourself, paradigm-shifts in the cybersecurity world, predictions for the future and the unknown security risks we face every day. This article follows our examination of keyless technology crimes, which you can read here. 1. How exactly are criminals…