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Car hacking: Thieves armed with laptops are stealing cars

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    Thieves armed with laptops are hacking into electronic ignitions of late-model cars in order to steal vehicles. Police and insurers sounded the warning to raise awareness about the latest car-theft trend.

    The Houston Police Department pointed at surveillance footage which shows two suspects, one of whom used a laptop, before stealing a 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The first suspect opened the Jeep’s hood to reportedly cut the alarm; the footage below took place about 10 minutes later when a second suspect jimmied the door open, climbed inside and then did something with a laptop before stealing the Jeep.

    “If you are going to hot-wire a car, you don’t bring along a laptop,” Houston Police Department’s Officer James Woods told the Wall Street Journal. “We don’t know what he is exactly doing with the laptop, but my guess is he is tapping into the car’s computer and marrying it with a key he may already have with him so he can start the car.”

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