Thursday, March 18, 2010

Texan accused of disabling 100 cars over Internet

Texan accused of disabling 100 cars over Internet
By JEFF CARLTON, Associated Press Writer – Wed Mar 17, 6:49 pm ET

DALLAS – "A man fired from a Texas auto dealership used an Internet service to remotely disable ignitions and set off car horns of more than 100 vehicles sold at his old workplace, police said Wednesday.

Austin police arrested Omar Ramos-Lopez, 20, on Wednesday, charging him with felony breach of computer security.

Sometimes I wonder if all this technology isn't getting a little carried away. When OnStar came out with their service it seemed like a good idea but I kept wondering about the security of it all. If the OnStar reps can start your engine remotely the signal has to come from somewhere through the air. If you are broadcasting a signal over an open medium then it can be received by anyone. Even an encrypted signal can be spoofed. But, as with the vast majority of all security breaches, it is the inside human aspect that is the mos vulnerable.

Ever wonder what someone with internal access to your bank account might do if they were fired?
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