Tag Archives: Texas

Incident(s) of the Week: Disgruntled Hacker Disables 100 Cars Purchased from Texas Auto Center

In late February and early March, around 100 cars in and around Austin, Texas either would not start or would not stop honking.  This was apparently caused by 20 year old hacker, Omar Ramos-Lopez, who remotely triggered the vehicle immobilization system installed by dealership Texas Auto Center.

Apparently the dealership installed the GPS-enabled devices so that cars can be immobilized and repossessed when a customer fails to make scheduled payments.… More

Incident of the Week: FBI Arrests Hacker Posing as Security Guard Who Infiltrated Texas Hospital Days Before “Devil’s Day” Attack

This week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced that the FBI has arrested Jesse William McGraw, a 25 year old contract security guard at the W. B. Carrell Memorial Clinic, a hospital in Dallas, Texas, for hacking the hospital’s computers and air conditioning system. For many businesses, an attack on ventilation systems might be an inconvenience, but the threat could be much more serious for critical care patients in healthcare institutions like the Carrell Clinic. McGraw is charged with violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. sec. 1030.