London: Half of All Car Thefts Executed by Hackers

The Lon­don Met­ro­pol­i­tan Police recent­ly report­ed that half of all car thefts in the city last year were com­mit­ted with­out the tra­di­tion­al tools of the trade. Rather, the thieves used high-tech devices to exploit a vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty unique to the newest (and most desir­able) car mod­els: their onboard com­put­er sys­tems. The tools to “hack” a car are rel­a­tive­ly cheap, and instruc­tions easy to pro­cure online. They allow thieves to dis­able alarm sys­tems, unlock doors and con­trol the lights, steer­ing, brakes and nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem.




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