Insurers and police across the country are raising awareness of a new trend in car theft, as thieves have been using laptop computers or other devices to hack a car’s electronics.
For the Houston Police Department, the discovery came after watching surveillance camera footage in which a pair of thieves used a laptop computer to start a 2010 Jeep Wrangler before stealing it from the owner’s driveway. Police said the same method was used in four other thefts of late-model Wranglers and Cherokees.The researcher hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, presented their findings at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas in August 2015.
“If consumers don’t realize this is an issue, they should, and they should start complaining to carmakers,” Miller told Wired magazine. “This might be the kind of software bug most likely to kill someone.”