Two car thieves in Houston have exposed a potential flaw in motor vehicle software that could potentially be used by other individuals to steal cars throughout the country.
Law enforcement in Texas is actively investigating a high-tech crime ring that is reportedly using car dealership information to hack the software used by Chrysler vehicles. The two suspects were allegedly part of this criminal organization that used nothing more than a laptop and some software pirated from a car dealership to access numerous vehicles.
According to authorities, the suspects were able to gain access to a number of Chrysler Jeeps and Dodge cars in just six minutes. Once inside the cars, the suspects allegedly used the pirated software to start the cars and drive off. The vehicles were eventually moved all the way across the border and into Mexico, said Houston police officials.
Police eventually nabbed the alleged car thieves, who are accused of stealing at least 30 motor vehicles over a period of two months.
However, the reality is that this sort of high-tech hacking presents problems for law enforcement that go well beyond a few auto thefts in Houston, Texas. In fact, the Houston Police Department said that it would be almost impossible to prevent these kinds of thefts. Moreover, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the parent company of Jeep and Dodge, was previously criticized for failing to prevent computer hackers from disabling the transmission software in Jeep vehicles.
For more information, read the Yahoo.com article, “Car Thieves Are Hacking and Stealing Jeeps.”
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