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Retro ‘game boys’ transformed into £20K gadgets that can steal keyless cars – The Sun
RETRO ‘game boys’ have been transformed into £20k gadgets that can steal keyless cars, the AA warned.
Keyless car thieves most commonly use a fobs signal from inside the owner’s home to control the car but the new sophisticated gadgets give them entry in just a minute without needing to do this.
The new sophisticated gadgets allow thieves to enter luxury vehicles without needing to harness a signal from a nearby fobCredit: SOS AUutoKEys
The AA warned how the device sold by Bulgarian tech firm SOS Auto Keys exemplifies the sophistication of the technology now used by thieves.
It can be used to record data from cars and the vehicles system will then recognise it as an authorised remote to control its entry and ignition.
The device, which went on sale in June, is built from devices similar to old Nintendo Game Boys the handheld consoles popular with millions of 90s kids.
The companys SOS Key Tool is marketed as “the most advanced locksmith tool” available.
While it is being sold for £20,000, the AA said the price will drop as the technology becomes more widely available.
The gadget comes with a warning that it should not be bought by anyone with “unlawful intentions” but the AA said it could easily fall into dodgy hands.
A YouTube tutorial video shows how it can unlock modern Kia, Hyundai and Mitsubishi models within just a minute.
The AA has now written to the Home Office and the Department for Business calling for a ban on the gadgets sale.
It is understood the Home Office has raised the issue as a matter of urgency with the National Police Chiefs Council Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims, the Daily Mail reported.
A user activates the keyless cars “proximity system” – which allows its entry and ignition to be controlled by a fob – by pressing the button on the door handle.
The ‘Game Boy’ console will then scan and record data sent from the car.
It is then used to select the system of the car and the Game Boy calculates the required response.
Once calculated, the Game Boy acts as the responder which the vehicles systems recognise as an authorised proximity remote.
The car will now open and start as if the user had a valid key fob nearby.
Police leaders have been alarmed at the rise in car theft, which hit a record 106,291 last year with a 50 percent increase over the last six years according to crime stats.
Manufacturers have been blamed for not doing enough to prevent crime but there are fears that fewer traffic police has made it easier for crooks to get away.
Many forces now even treat car theft as low priority.
Luxury vehicles are usually stolen to order and shipped abroad or dismantled in illegal backstreet chop shops before being sold piece by piece.
West Midlands Police shut down 100 chop shops last year.
The AA’s Jack Cousens said: “As fast as car technology evolves, criminals are working just as hard to cheat these systems.
“What is most worrying is that something sold decades ago has been repurposed to help thieves. With plenty of old gadgets collecting dust, some will tinker with them in the hope they can unlock a car.
“Thieves have levelled up from playing Grand Theft Auto on a console to using the console to commit Grand Theft Auto.”
SOS Auto Keys in Bulgaria did not respond to a request for comment.
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Birmingham arts venues announce major job losses – The Guardian
Symphony Hall and Town Hall will lose around half of their 65 permanent staff
Two of Birminghams most important venues, the Symphony Hall and Town Hall, have become the latest arts institutions to announce major staff cuts because of the Covid-19 crisis.
The charity that runs the two halls expressed sorrow at the prospect of losing around half of its 65 permanent staff but said that reducing its workforce was necessary for the venues to have a chance of survival.
Hundreds of freelancers who work on the shows and concerts staged at the two venues are also out of work.
The venues have called for clarity on when they may be able to reopen and the governments rescue package.
Opened in 1834, the Town Hall has hosted political and public meetings and performances by Charles Dickens, the Beatles and Led Zeppelin while the Symphony Hall is considered one of the best in the world and is home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the venues said: It is with great sadness that Town Hall and Symphony Hall have entered a period of redundancy consultation.
The future of these two iconic concert halls looks very different from the plans we began the year with. This period of closure has already resulted in huge losses and it is still unclear when it may be possible to reopen.
More than 90% of the halls turnover comes from ticket sales and other activities. Some of the money it makes from presenting international stars on its stages is ploughed into emerging local talent and working with schoolchildren in some of the UKs most deprived areas.
Nick Reed, chief executive for the Town Hall and Symphony Hall, told the Guardian that both venues were a huge source of civic pride. The opening of the Symphony Hall in 1991 is seen as a crucial moment in the modern renaissance of Birmingham. And theres a straight line connecting Paul Robeson
Swery apologizes for depiction of transgender individual in Deadly Premonition 2 – GamesIndustry.biz
Director pledges to consult with a diverse team and rewrite at least one scene
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Hidetaka ‘Swery’ Suehiro has taken to Twitter to apologize for the depiction of a transgender character in Deadly Premonition 2, pledging to rewrite at least one scene in the game.
“I realized by pointed out from friends, I might have hurt transgender people in my scenario,” he wrote. “It wasn’t intentional. I am really sorry for that.
“Some scenes will be sanity checked by a team that includes diversity. And I will rewrite that scene ASAP.”
Swery did not specify yet how many scenes would need to be rewritten, or which ones.
In USGamer’s review of the game, Mathew Olson pointed out that the game has multiple characters using the deadname of a transgender character, as well as incorrect pronouns.
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