Texas hacker remotely disables cars

Car dealership employee loses his job. He remotely hacks into cars sold by the dealership and disables them.

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

All kinds of nefarious scenarios pop into my mind with this capability. One wonders if there’s an iPhone app for this technology.

More at WIRED: “Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely.”

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