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.
The dealership used a system called Webtech Plus as an alternative to repossessing vehicles that haven’t been paid for.
Msg#: 4100299 posted 5:41 pm on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
The whole remote control thing is scary, I think. They advertise it as a feature, sold on the cool factor, but it's really just a way to always know where you are at any time. Plant a chip in my head and get it over with already . . .
Msg#: 4100299 posted 2:04 am on Mar 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
It appears that it was due to a laid off employee which is where quite a bit of malicious activity occurs. Passwords should have been changed. I can understand the company wanting to be able to brick the car for lack of payments, makes sense, no dangers like repo'ing. I would be more alarmed if someone not previously associated with the company was able to accomplish the same task. I wonder what this will do to sales at the 4 dealerships