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According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the national rate of car theft rose 1.3 percent in 2012 after declining for eight consecutive years.
With the advent of advanced in-car technology comes the downfalls of hackers looking to do malicious things. Some experts are already expressing concern that the use of advanced infotainment systems by automakers worldwide could leave new-generation vehicles open to hacking.
Recently a pair of scientists from the University of San Diego and the University of Washington were successful in hacking into a vehicle’s safety system through its infotainment setup, revealing a clear vulnerability with the technology. And even though infotainment such as the vehicle’s navigation and Bluetooth are built to be separate from a vehicle’s safety system, this doesn’t mean that they’re invulnerable to hacking.
The concerns aren’t that hackers can take full control of a vehicle, but could unlock or even start a car; but worse, brakes and throttles are now being controlled by computers so it could be possible that those systems can be compromised as well.
As we all know with all the rampant hacking that has been going on recently, building security into any new-generation technology is difficult. Hackers will always find a way; and unless vehicle manufacturers are willing to update their software and firmware on a regular basis, there’s a strong potential that coming up with a single standard for cyber security will not be easy.
Worst of all, NHTSA isn’t equipped to test today’s advanced vehicle electronic systems.
[Source: Detroit News]
This 22-year old kid thought he could get away with grand theft auto, but little did he learn that crime doesn’t pay!
Apologies to the esteemed Sheriff John Bunnell, but he would have had a field day with Justin William Durbin, who went on a stealing spree with Mercedes and Bentley cars that spanned four states and across the country.
Durbin started his illustrious career by taking a 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL550 on a test drive from an Illinois dealership. When he didn’t return, the manhunt began: Durbin went to Missouri, taking a GLK from a dealership with the same tactic. His most recent caper saw him escaping Florida with a 2007 Bentley and high-tailing it to Louisiana, crashing it and forcing police to embark on a six-hour manhunt.
Rather fittingly, the license plate on the Bentley said, “CALL 911.”
The “Bentley Bandit” is now being held on traffic violations, aggravated flight, possession of a stolen license plate, and held without bond as a fugitive. He is wanted in wanted in six other states on charges including probation violation, grand theft auto, larceny, burglary, fraud, and tying fair maidens to train tracks while twirling a mustache.
[Sources: Chicago Tribune]