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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…

Toronto, Baltimore, New York intercept over 900 stolen cars bound for Nigeria, Ghana

Cities in North America, such as Toronto in Canada, Baltimore and New York in United States said they have intercepted many stolen vehicles bound to be exported to Nigeria, Ghana and other West African countries. York and Toronto police in a statement said they made a “large” recovery of 73 stolen cars worth more than $4.5 million in a joint investigation with the Canada Border Services Agency. Before the recovery, investigators…

More than 70 stolen vehicles worth $4.5 million recovered in ongoing auto theft investigation

More than 70 vehicles stolen from across the Greater Toronto Area have been recovered as part of an ongoing auto theft investigation by the York Regional Police Auto/Cargo Theft Unit. The investigation began in September, 2020, when investigators working in conjunction with the Toronto Police Service Auto Theft Suppression Unit and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), became aware of a group of people trafficking stolen vehicles out of a…

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,…

NICB Holiday Theft Report: Let’s Be Thankful Vehicle Thefts Slow Down On Thanksgiving

DES PLAINES, Ill., Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released its latest Holiday Theft Report which shows dramatic variations throughout the winter months. According to the data, Christmas Day shows the fewest number of vehicles stolen on that day, followed by Thanksgiving. However, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day rate as two of the highest theft days. The data, pulled from the National…

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…

Stolen Vehicle Intercepts are on the Rise at US Ports

While most attention that port security gains is focused on the importation of illegal goods, contraband, and narcotics, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also conducts outbound cargo examinations at the nation’s ports. One of the items that they are seeking are stolen vehicles being shipped overseas. CBP reports that among the methods criminal organizations are using is car theft looking to sell them in overseas markets. To do…

Catalytic Converter Thefts - Hybrid vehicles often at greater risk

A recent article on www.thisismoney.co.uk website details how Catalytic Converter theft is often more common amongst hybrid vehicles versions of Honda Jazz, Lexus RX and Toyota's Auris and Prius as hybrids has higher concentrations of value precious metals. This article provides asn excellent overview of Catalytic Converter thefts, explains what they are so valuabel to thieves and what is being done to try and stop this crime. To read…