Thursday, March 18, 2010

"Oh, that could NEVER happen! We have security procedures."

Yes friends, another Phantom Prophecy has come to pass.  Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely.

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.

"We initially dismissed it as mechanical failure," says Texas Auto Center manager Martin Garcia. "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."

Its funny.  When I used to post about how stuff like this was bound to happen with these remote auto systems, some people (trolls) used to comment that I sounded crazy paranoid.  Lately, not so much.

Is there a pattern forming here?  ~:D

BTW, how'd you like the cops to disable every car in the city like this some day?  Just think about it.

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