Police in Houston have two suspects in custody and believe they used laptop computers to steal and then export more than 100 vehicles.
The arrests were a major break in a case that had stymied authorities, leaving few clues other than a video taken by a security camera set up by the owner of a Jeep that was among the vehicles stolen. Investigators believe the two exploited a weakness in Jeep and Dodge products that allowed them to hack into the vehicles’ electronic ignition systems.
The thefts have highlighted growing concerns about automotive cybersecurity, a threat that has drawn warnings from a variety of authorities, including the FBI, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Experts fear that as automakers load more technology onto their products, tomorrow’s cars will become even more vulnerable to hackers and thieves.