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Holiday heists: Amazon van thefts in St. Paul; $6.6M in Apple products taken in well-planned truck theft

‘Tis the season for vehicle thefts. Though the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that Christmas has the lowest number of vehicle thefts, days leading up to the present-filled event can still present plenty of risk especially for parcel delivery carriers. In St. Paul, Minnesota thieves stole two Amazon delivery trucks over the weekend within 24 hours. Both trucks were loaded full of packages. One driver was held at gunpoint and…

How car thieves are changing their tactics during the pandemic

HOUSTON – Before the pandemic, a motor vehicle theft occurred about every seven minutes in Texas. Lt. Tommy Hansen, the chair of the Motor Vehicle Crime Prevention Authority, said it is now closer to every six minutes. “We’re just seeing a massive increase in the numbers of thefts,” Hansen said. “We’ve got anywhere from 10% to almost 40% increases in certain areas of the state of Texas.” Read more…

These are the 4 top hacking vulnerabilities in today’s cars

There’s a lot of digital technology packed into today’s vehicles.  Even before it’s turned on, a modern car is actively communicating with itself, its maker, its key, your phone, and many more digital points in a concerted effort to help make your life more convenient and safe. That’s the idea behind it all, anyway.  Unfortunately, there are those who would use those communication points as digital on-ramps…

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,…