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Disgruntled former employee disabled cars sold by dealership

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Posted: Mar 17, 2010 8:37 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Mar 17, 2010 8:38 PM
Source: Associated press

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Topics: internet, cars, dealership, ignitions horns, Austin, Texas

A man fired from a car dealership in Austin, Texas used the internet to remotely disable ignitions on cars and set off car horns of more than 100 vehicles sold at his former workplace. Police arrested 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez and charged him with breach of computer security. Police say he used the password of a former collegue to deactivate starters and set off the car horns. Car owners say they had to call tow trucks and some were left stranded at work. The dealership installs devices that can prevent vehicles from starting and is used to repossess cars when owners are overdue on payments.

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