Remember those old days when car thieves had to actually work to steal a car by cutting a few wires or jamming a screwdriver into the ignition, breaking windows etc. But those days are gone now because the car thieves stealing your new car is going is going high tech.
According to ABC13 in Houston, a pair of alleged car thieves was using nothing more than a laptop and a special type of software to steal Jeep and Dodge vehicles over the past several months.
A video of one of the incidents provided by ABC13 shows one of the alleged thieves breaking into a vehicle, plugging in a laptop with software that can start the car and then take off without incident.
The two people are accused of stealing at least 30 cars and then driving them over to Mexico borders.
This isn’t the first time Jeep and Dodge’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has run into trouble with hackers. Last year, it was reported that hackers had proven they could disable a Jeep’s transmission on the highway through the car’s onboard internet connection and more terrifyingly they can take cars acceleration and steering controls also. But fortunately for acceleration and steering control the laptop needs to be connected to the car.
But it is obvious that the cars are becoming smarter so are the thieves. So now the car makers have to invest a lot to secure these Hi-Tech cars from Hi-Tech Thieves.