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Three VWs recalled over lack of warning when key is left in ignition

A handful of new Volkswagen cars and crossovers are subject to a new recall from the German brand. In documents filed with the NHTSA last month and released this week, VW will recall the Atlas, Jetta, and Tiguan over no warning that the key has been left in the ignition. The recall applies to 2018 and 2019 Atlas crossover SUVs, 2019 Jetta sedans, and 2018 and 2019 Tiguan crossover SUV models that are not equipped with keyless entry. If a driver…

Will an App Hack Cyber Attack Steal Your Car - Your Life?

As more and more cars become internet-connected, cybersecurity has become a pressing issue for the automotive industry. Most of the industry’s security efforts are rightfully dedicated to protecting the car’s numerous components. But as smartphones have become integrated into our lives, an entirely new type of vulnerability has been introduced, one with which car manufacturers are much less accustomed to coping. The apps that allow…

Tesla rolls out update that makes it harder for thieves to steal cars by hacking the key fob

A new software update for the Tesla Model 3 will let vehicle owners and police track stolen cars. The move comes after a shocking video showed criminals stealing a $75,000 Model S by remotely hacking the car's key fob. These so-called 'relay attacks' involve thieves intercepting the signal sent between a key fob and a car that enables keyless entry. But the attackers in Essex, England took the scheme a step further and turned off the…

Fake Apps in Google Play Get over Half a Million Installs

At least a dozen mobile apps with no legitimate functionality made it into Google Play and have been installed over half a million times. Designed as car games they would silently install another app and trick the user into approving its installation.  The end game is to make money from pushing unsolicited advertisements to the user when they unlock the device.  Malware researcher Lukas Stefanko of ESET found 13 fraudulent apps that…

VW lets Apple users unlock their cars with Siri

VW announced on Monday (12th November, 2019) that its smartphone app now supports Siri commands for Apple users. Notably, Apple users can now unlock and lock their Volkswagen with a Siri voice command. After a user logs into the Car-Net app, a handful of new functions will be available with the typical "Hey, Siri" voice command. VW said Apple users can simply say, "Hey, Siri, lock my car" and Car-Net will execute the function. For those…

Feds: Vehicle theft ring exposes oversight weakness in South Dakota

NEW YORK — A ring of savvy car thieves in New York exploited a bureaucratic weakness by registering many of their ripped-off Lamborghinis and Range Rovers in South Dakota, a state that lets people register out-of-state vehicles by mail and wasn't thoroughly checking to see if they were stolen, the FBI said. Federal prosecutors in New York brought federal conspiracy charges against seven people this week, blaming them for the thefts of…

Cybercrimes Remain Most Worrisome to Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The frequency with which Americans worry about becoming the victim of a variety of different crimes is similar to last year, as they remain much more likely to fear being victimized by cybercrimes than traditional crimes. Of the 13 crimes measured, only two garner majority-level concern from Americans -- 71% say they frequently or occasionally fear that computer hackers will access their personal, credit card or financial…

NICB Releases 2018 Annual Holiday Vehicle Theft Report

DES PLAINES, Ill., Oct. 30, 2018 — New data released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) shows a total of 22,770 vehicles were reported stolen on the 11 holidays in 2017 covered in this report. NICB theft data is pulled from the National Crime Information Center’s (NCIC) stolen vehicle…

BlackVue dashcams share cars’ mapped GPS locations, stream video feeds and audio

Just as some people are unknowingly streaming live video from security cams in their homes, some are also unknowingly live-streaming video from their cars. They have made the video feed from their front and rear dashcams, as well as the mapped GPS location of the vehicle – the speed it is going or if it is parked – and even audio from inside the vehicle, available to the public. BlackVue comes with a Cloud Viewer which allows owners…

Thieves are stealing Honda airbags and reselling them on the black market

In the past, car thieves have gone for unattended items, radio head units, and even the car itself. Now they’re going for airbags. According to a report by USA Today, there has been a recent spike in airbag thefts in many major markets around the country. The airbags, which can sell for over $1,000 a piece on the black market, are being stolen disproportionately from new Honda vehicles like the Civic and Accord, and leaving owners saddled…