Showing posts with label Grand Theft Auto. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grand Theft Auto. Show all posts

Apr 9, 2010

Hack My Car

More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control lat month, after a hacker used a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.

Police arrested a 20-year-old former Texas Auto Center employee who was laid off and allegedly sought revenge.

“We started having a rash of up to a hundred customers at one time complaining. Some customers complained of the horns going off in the middle of the night. The only option they had was to remove the battery.”

The dealership used a system called Webtech Plus as an alternative to repossessing vehicles that haven’t been paid for. The system lets car dealers install a small black box under vehicle dashboards that responds to commands issued through a central website, and relayed over a wireless pager network. The dealer can disable a car’s ignition system or trigger the horn to begin honking, as a reminder that a payment is due. The system will not stop a running vehicle. Honk if you love technology. Who says there is no big brother.

Feb 26, 2010

Deja Vu

An alleged Florida car thief was ironically arrested while playing the popular video game "Grand Theft Auto." Police say they found a stolen SUV outside the man's home, and when they went inside, he was playing the game. The man has been charged with grand theft auto.