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Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely

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On: Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 12:14PM | By: Geoff Ciesla


Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely

A disgruntled employee created a mess for customers after he hacked into a web-based vehicle immobilization system and remotely disabled vehicles.

Kevin Poulsen writes:

More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.


Police with Austin’s High Tech Crime Unit on Wednesday arrested 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez, a former Texas Auto Center employee who was laid off last month, and allegedly sought revenge by bricking the cars sold from the dealership’s four Austin-area lots.


“We initially dismissed it as mechanical failure,” says Texas Auto Center manager Martin Garcia. “We started having a rash of up to a hundred customers at one time complaining. Some customers complained of the horns going off in the middle of the night. The only option they had was to remove the battery.”

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I wouldn’t really call this guy a hacker for just logging into the company's computer using a colleague's credentials. The least he could have done was use a proxy. I guess even cars have DRM now. . . you wouldn’t download a car, would you? Who would agree to make payments on a vehicle that can be remotely disabled or annoy the $%#! out of you by setting off the horn.




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RoadKill | 8:32AM (Fri, Mar 19, 2010)

More and more Buy Here Pay Here lots are installing the devices to protect there assets. That is really funny that that moron could not figure out that they could easily track him down through his ex- colleague...LOL



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