In reponse to Moderator Mark@Vorny.co.uk's request...
BBC News Article: BBC News - BMW owners hit by hi-tech theft
Warwickshire Police Article: NHW NB & NW Increase in thefts of BMW vehicles, without keys, across the Midlands Region. Please check vehicles are locked — Warwickshire Police Safer Neighbourhoods
My understanding is that the following vehicles are either affected or could be affected:
E63 - 6 Series (coupe)
E64 - 6 Series (convertible)
E65 - 7 Series
E70 - X5
E71 - X6
E81 - 1 Series (3-door hatchback)
E82 - 1 Series (coupe)
E83 - X3
E84 - X1
E87 - 1 Series (5-door hatchback)
E88 - 1 Series (convertible)
E89 - Z Series (coupe/convertible)
E90 - 3 Series (saloon)
E91 - 3 Series (touring)
E92 - 3 Series (coupe)
E93 - 3 Series (convertible)
Vehicles fitted with CAS 2 and CAS 3 modules, can have a new blank immobliser key programmed with certain 3rd party automotive locksmith software, via the OBD socket, and thus be stolen without the original keys.
Take your car down to your local BMW dealer or a technically proficient BMW electronics specialist, and ask for the SOPT-enabled CAS (Car Access Sytem) firmware update. Cars with the SOPT-enabled CAS firmware, can only have a new immobiliser key programmed if another original immobiliser key is present. If you have had your car serviced at a BMW dealer within the last year, chances-are you already have the SOPT update. Older BMW cars fitted with EWS, EWS 2 and EWS 3 modules are not affected by this vunerability. New F-chassis BMW cars are also not affected by this vunerability, as they are fitted with CAS 4 modules which already have the SOPT feature enabled.
I hope this helps.