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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.
Passwords should have been changed
“Omar was pretty good with computers,” says Garcia.
Austin police filed computer intrusion charges against Ramos-Lopez on Tuesday.
Should their policy be that whenever somebody leaves, all passwords for all users should be changed?