Hacker Disables Hundreds Of Cars

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If you’ve ever bought and financed a car, you’re probably already aware that, if you don’t keep up with your car payments, the people who loaned you the money to buy your car have the right to repossess it.

But people who’ve bought and financed cars in the past several years may also know that some car dealers and loan companies are using a newer technology instead of repossession — an electronic device that can use your car’s horn to annoy you, and can even prevent your car from starting.

It seems to me that it’s only a matter of time until someone who’s late on their car payments has a life-threatening emergency and their car will refuse to start, because their car dealer sent it a signal that disabled it.

I think that’s going to be a legal mess.

But what if you’re a good customer who’s never missed a car payment, but your car suddenly refuses to start — because a disgruntled ex-employee of the dealership has disabled it, to get revenge on his former employer?

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