engine - 12:44 pm on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
Cars Remotely Disabled by Hacker [wired.com]
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 Austinís 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 dealershipís four Austin-area lots.
The dealership used a system called Webtech Plus as an alternative to repossessing vehicles that havenít been paid for.