Security

Would the U.S. really let Fiat Chrysler sell Jeep to Great Wall?
Would the U.S. really let Fiat Chrysler sell Jeep to Great Wall?

A week ago, we learned that Chinese automaker Great Wall is very, very interested in purchasing Jeep from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. If Great Wall were to make a formal offer, there are perfectly good reasons that FCA might accept it (e.g. moolah) or reject it (e.g. more moolah from another...Read More»

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Why buying a car alarm from a dealership is a bad idea

Growing up, you probably received plenty of advice about the car-buying process from your parents, siblings, friends, and neighbors. Today, few of you would consider shopping for a new ride without getting pre-approved for an auto loan or carving time out of your day to take a test drive. But what...Read More»

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28 States Use Outdated Driver's License Format, Which Could Leave You Stranded At The Airport

When we think of technology and change, we often think of computers, mobile phones, cars, and such. But today, even the most mundane objects are evolving, from electrical outlets to thermostats. Driver's licenses are not immune. Unfortunately, like your grumpy uncle who's still mad about the...Read More»

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Report: Jeep Cherokee, Infiniti Q50, Cadillac Escalade Are The Most Hackable Cars In America

For the past couple of months, the auto world has been obsessed with hackers -- and with good reason. Like their drivers, cars now belong to vast online networks. Those networks provide plenty of benefits like navigation tools and infotainment, but they also provide opportunities for hackers to...Read More»

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OnStar Is Vulnerable To Hackers, Too: Here's What You Can Do To Protect Your Car

A couple of weeks ago, two hackers made headlines when they wreaked havoc on a Jeep Grand Cherokee by exploiting a weakness in the vehicle's Uconnect telematics system. (Jeep's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, subsequently issued a recall to patch the security hole.) But as we pointed...Read More»

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Breaking: FCA Recalls 1.4 Million Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Vehicles Over Hacking Concerns

Earlier this week, we reported on a vulnerability in Chrysler's Uconnect system that allowed two hackers to remotely control a Jeep Cherokee. (They could've chosen any number of vehicles from a wide range of automakers, but determined that the Cherokee was best suited for their demonstration.) To...Read More»

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Ford Files High-Tech Patent That Could Eliminate Keys & Start Cars With Fingerprints

No one likes passwords. We keep jumbles of them in our head -- usually two or three standards, plus a string of variations to suit the whims of allegedly "safer" websites with 12-character-minimums. We can get chastised, locked out, or all-together blocked while trying to remember the particular...Read More»

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Forget Fingerprint Scanning: New Anti-Theft System Identifies Drivers' Brain Waves

It's hard out there for a thief -- and it's getting harder. Once upon a time, all the bad guys needed to do was find an unlocked vehicle. Now, they've got to fight their way past kill switches, LoJack devices, and OnStar -- not to mention the impending arrival of digital license plates...Read More»

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How To Protect Your Car From Thieves

Anyone who has returned to where they know they parked their car only to find it’s been stolen knows the sinking feeling. “If only I’d followed my instincts and parked closer to the store, under a light, not been gone so long…” After the fact, there’s not much...Read More»

2012 Ford Mustang equipped with SYNC AppLink
Researchers: Hackers Could Break Into Vehicles From A Distance

If you drive a new or nearly new car, you could be packing just as much computing power in your vehicle as you have on your desk or in your briefcase. Plus, vehicles are more connected than ever before. And that connectivity, while it can make our vehicles better and our experience more convenient...Read More»

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Could Connectivity And Smartphones Open Your Car Up To Hackers?

Is it time for firewalls and malware protection for your car? Almost, but not quite yet, say experts, in a top-notch report from CNET. Earlier this year we reported on research from the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego, that showed how researchers were able to...Read More»

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Batten The Hatches: Holidays Are Prime Time For Car Thieves

Sunburns, fireworks injuries, or overindulgences: If you’re not mindful, they’re all examples of how your long holiday weekend could end on a painful, rather than relaxed, note. So is coming back to find a vehicle missing or broken into. Over the long holiday weekend, neighborhoods are likely...Read More»

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Security Alert: Could Hackers Break Into Your Car—Virtually?

More expensive, more technologically advanced vehicles offer better all-around security, right? Well, maybe, but as new research to be unveiled this week looks poised to suggest, you might be opening yourself up to another type of break-in and presenting a challenge to hackers instead of mere...Read More»

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National Title-Check System Closes Some Scammer Loopholes

Would you believe that up until now there hasn't been a true database for vehicle titles, supervised by the federal government? It's finally here; by January 1 of this year, all states were required to be fully participating in the Anti-Car Theft Act and associated regulations. The fruits of the...Read More»

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Cell Phone Vehicle Control: Coming Soon To Sync And OnStar?

The iPhone-remote-controlled "Spirit of Berlin" Dodge Grand Caravan that we posted about just earlier today is pretty wild. In case you missed, it you'll want to check out the video clip demonstrating almost full vehicle operation, from the much-loved Apple handset. To a soundtrack by Yello, of...Read More»

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Car Thefts Down Again—To A 20-Year Low

We have some good news. Even last year's start of the recession wasn't enough to reverse the downward trend in auto theft. The number of registered vehicles in the U.S. has doubled over the past 20 years, yet the overall vehicle theft rate has fallen—12.7 percent just from 2007 to 2008. According...Read More»

BMW 7 Series High Security
BMW Launches Two 7-Series High-Security Models

We're not heads of state, or members of the Russian mafia, or even semi-high-profile actresses, so we may never need a car with "reinforced vehicle-specific armour plating". We'll never know the inner peace that comes from "irritant gas sensors for protecting passengers from gas attacks", nor will...Read More»

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