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Report: Disgruntled hacker disables 100 cars in Texas remotely

Omar Ramos-Lopez' retaliation on his former employers' customers might be something we conjure up while lying sleepless in bed, but we've got the power of self-restraint. Omar? Not so much. Ignoring his locus of control, Ramos-Lopez retaliated against Texas Auto Center after he was fired from by activating the GPS-enabled immobilizer systems the dealer fits to some of its cars. Some customers missed work, others had horns that kept honking and many had to pay for towing and repair.

In all, more than 100 people were impacted by the actions of Ramos-Lopez, a 20-year-old now facing charges for breach of computer security. Austin police say Ramos-Lopez accessed the computer system in an attempt to block the dealership's access to its own Pay Technologies account. Customer names were changed to things like "Tupac," and it took a couple days to figure out who the culprit was. Ramos-Lopez had been fired a month before the incident, and he's now facing between four months and two years in state prison if convicted.



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This is becoming kind of interesting these days. If the government and automobile makers have the ability to control our cars like that, not to mention living in an age of Google self driving cars - if they are going to control us like that, then how can they legally fine us for speeding, or for DUI's and such? If they neglected to take control of the situation, then doesn't it become their own fault?

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What was this guy thinking? Didn't he know that they would soon find out about his devious act. Now he may soon lose his freedom and ruin his young life. I hope this is a wake up call for him to make better decisions in the future and live a good life.

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