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It is more clear than ever that better security measures are required as cars become more and more computerized. Every Jeep on the list had a key requested for it by someone other than the owner through a dealership in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hacking is the main fear, but large scale thefts of this type have now happened twice for FCA vehicles. ABC 10 News reports that three people have been arrested in connection with the thefts of more than 150 Jeep Wranglers in San Diego since 2014. The best computer security in the world does no good if there is a human is there to circumvent it.
Hooligan Gangsters Indicted In San Diego For Stealing Jeep Wranglers
The U.S. Attorney’s office says nine men have been indicted as part of a car theft ring, which stole 150 Jeep Wranglers in the San Diego region. The U.S. Attorney’s office says three members of the Hooligans, who call themselves a “bikers” club, have been arrested and six are still at large. Many of the thefts occurred in the summer of 2014, according to the U.S Attorney’s office. Donald Goodbrand, who oversees San Diego’s Regional Auto Theft Taskforce, known as RAT, said the stolen Jeeps were moved to Mexico. Authorities say the suspects took pictures of the cars’ VIN numbers to access data and create duplicate keys.
San Diego Jeep Thefts Linked To High Tech Hacking RingThe theft of over 150, Jeep Wranglers in San Diego County over the last few years has been linked to hacking of the electronic keys of those vehicles in the middle of the night, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Image of a Jeep recently stolen in San Diego via a local Jeep forum. Recent model Jeeps have been shown being hacked with laptops, and even remotely turning a Jeep’s steering wheel at high speed. That hack allowed the criminals to simply drive off with the vehicles, which were later sold or stripped for parts in Tijuana. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, it has indicted nine members of the Hooligans Motorcycle gang for participating in a scheme to steal more than 150 Jeep Wrangers, worth approximately $4.5M, by retrieving the vehicle identification number of those vehicles in advance, and then using that to program duplicate key fobs for those Jeeps.
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