Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely

wired.com/threatlevel/2010/03/hacker-bricks-cars/

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.

I was wondering when we’d start to see this sort of thing.

So, it is an aftermarket device that disables your ignition or makes your car “honk” if you’re late on a payment. Classy.

Oh man I want one of those…that is so cool.

You ought to see the brain implant devices they’re working on under Obama Care when you fall behind on your health insurance premiums…I understand with one tiny electrical stimulation (painless, you don’t even notice it) they can make you break out in hives.

dj

ill stick with my 1988 model Ford Courier diesel ute.
Couldn
t be more basic.

Yes, let’s not blame automakers for these devices. Its the car dealer which installed them in its vehicles.

Quite right, in this case. However, it’s inevitable that as more cars get OnStar and similar features, the whole thing will become a more attractive target for hackers.

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