Wired reports a disgruntled former Texas Auto Center employee hacked into Webtech Plus, a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get attention of customers who are behind on their car payments, and remotely disabled over 100 cars in Austin, Texas.
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.”