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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…

Your car is collecting your data – and hackers can get their hands on it

When you sell your tech secondhand, nothing is more important than clearing the data off your device. If you fail to do so, your private information could fall into the wrong hands — which can mean identity theft, stolen money or worse. Lingering data from previous owners is a major issue for smartphones on the secondhand market. In fact, a study concluded that 1/5 of the smartphones sold on eBay were not properly reformatted, and 17% of…

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…

Atlanta car theft suspect arrested for 27th time, cops say

CRIME  April 18, 2020 By  Shaddi Abusaid, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The suspected leader of a metro Atlanta auto theft ring is back behind bars after getting arrested for the 27th time, police said. Willie James Banks was arrested Thursday by the Atlanta Police Department’s Auto Crimes Enforcement Unit, authorities said in a news release. Officers spotted his 2010 Chevrolet Malibu while patrolling in northwest…

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…

Reduced traffic leads to discovery of stolen vehicle, police claim

CHICO — Police believe the reduced traffic in downtown Chico helped them locate a stolen vehicle and its driver. Due to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order and lack of bar activity, police say vehicle traffic in the downtown area is nearly non-existent in the early morning hours. At approximately 11:54 p.m. Saturday, an officer observed a green Honda Civic traveling eastbound on W. 9th Street and paid particular attention as it…

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…

8 Mid-South auto dealerships hit by car theft ring

March 31, 2020 at 6:53 PM CDT - Updated March 31 at 6:53 PM MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Car dealers across the city are on high alert after several dealerships were hit by an auto theft ring. According to the Greater Memphis Auto Dealers Association, or GMADA, eight dealerships in the Memphis metro area have been hit in the last 10 days. In addition to a number of vehicles being stolen, the thieves have caused “tens of thousands of…

Stolen SUV in California found hauling 192 rolls of toilet paper amid coronavirus outbreak, police s

Police in California took a wipe out of crime Tuesday after pulling over a stolen SUV and finding 192 rolls of toilet paper -- a sought-after commodity as people hoard supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic. Beverly Hills police posted a photo of officers searching the white SUV on social media. Two boxes stuffed with rolls of toilet paper are pictured outside the vehicle. “Gives ‘They saw me rollin’...’ a whole new…