Three quarters of cars stolen in France ‘electronically hacked’

Three quarters of cars stolen in France are targeted using electronic hacking, it was claimed on Thursday, prompting calls for urgent security improvements in a range of vehicles sold across Europe.

The Smart Fortwo model was France’s most-stolen car due its extreme vulnerability to attack, with the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 406 models also popular among thieves who it is feared could use the same hacking methods in Britain.


The French should develop the self-burning car.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Get a GPS tracking unit, it informs you the moment your vehicle is moved. A friend, who drives transport trucks, had his tractor unit stolen from the yard where it was parked. He knew immediately, phoned the police and the company that supplied the GPS tracking device directed to police to its exact location within the hour.

    • V10_Rob

      The police actually acting on a property theft report? That strains credulity.

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  • V10_Rob

    Electronically accessible cars, sensitive personal data stored in online clouds, the whole Internet of Things obsession… Amusing little tech tricks that provide marginally improved convenience at the cost of massive security risks, not to mention infinitely more extraneous bells and whistles to break that will interfere with the core function.

    I keep thinking about Jeff Bridge’s in the original Jurassic Park, and his line about scientists being so fascinated with whether they COULD, they never stopped to think that they SHOULD.

  • disqusW6sf

    Not a very smart car.

    • David Murrell

      Who in their right mind would want to steal a smart car (as shown in the pic)?

  • UCSPanther

    When phones ran on analogue technology, some dishonest characters figured out a way to trick the phone system into giving free use by a means known as “phreaking”.

    While old-school phreaking and other similar technology crimes were made obsolete by digital technology, those with dishonest motives instead shifted to more computer oriented approaches to their intent.

    As locks become electronic in nature, you may see the professional thief carry a small laptop or pad with lock-cracking software and hardware (IE interface plugs) in addition to his picks and prybars…

  • Hard Little Machine

    Soon most French cars will be bombs anyway