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Car owners stranded as U.S. hacker disables more than 100 vehicles over the

Last updated at 11:59 AM on 18th March 2010

A man fired from a Texas auto dealership took revenge through the internet
by remotely disabling more than 100 cars sold at his old workplace, police
said yesterday.

Car owners were left stranded at work or home, forced to call in tow trucks
after Omar Ramos-Lopez, 20, allegedly used a former colleague's password to
break into the system.

Austin police arrested him yesterday, charging him with felony breach of
computer security.

The Texas Auto Center dealership in Austin installs GPS devices that can
prevent cars from starting.

The system is used to repossess cars when buyers are overdue on payments,
said Jeremy Norton, a controller at the dealership where Ramos-Lopez

Car horns can be activated when repossession agents go to collect vehicles
and believe the owners are hiding them.