Breach, Threat Management, Data Security

Alleged car thieves used breached data to help steal Hyundais and Kias

Israeli Police reportedly have arrested three individuals from East Jerusalem who allegedly hacked into the company servers of car manufacturers Hyundai and Kia in order to obtain data that would help them steal dozens of their automobiles.

According to a Ynetnews report on Tuesday, the three suspects allegedly drove around the Jerusalem area searching for Hyundais and Kias, looking up their registration numbers whenever they would spot one. They would then use the hacked data to find a targeted car's anti-theft protection number and the code needed to make keys for that particular vehicle. After having keys made, the defendants would again consult the leaked data to look up the car owner's home address, where they would steal the automobile before smuggling it into the West Bank for resale.

The report noted that most of the cars were brand-new luxury models.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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