Homeland Security investigates hijacking of FCA vehicles
Jeep hackers are at it again. Roughly 30 vehicles were stolen in the Houston area over the last six months. The two men suspected of the crime, Michael Arcee and Jesse Zelay, were arrested last Friday.
According to Autoblog, the hacker jackers have been using a laptop to break into a Jeep’s software system, allowing them to start the vehicle. Sources say the thieves are either using OBD II or USB to tap into the UConnect infotainment system.
In the video below, you can see a man breaking into a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. This video surveillance led the police to Arcee and Zelay. Officers then began to follow the pair, eventually catching them in the act. The individuals in question have been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, but Arcee was also indicted as a felon in possession of a weapon, and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
“There’s a possibility they may not be the only ones that are doing this, but right now we feel if they are the only ones that are doing this, with this arrest we hope we will be able to curb the amount of thefts occurring,” said Jim Woods, an officer of the Houston Police Department.
Many of the stolen vehicles were taken to Mexico, reports ABC 13. Homeland Security believes this is just a small part of a bigger problem. They will be investigating 100 other FCA vehicle hijackings.
FCA has released an official statement in regards to the thefts.
“FCA US takes the safety and security of its customers seriously and incorporates security features in its vehicles that help to reduce the risk of unauthorized and unlawful access to vehicle systems and wireless communications. FCA US has been cooperating with Houston Police Department since they first started the investigation. This investigation is ongoing and as such, the company has no further comment.”