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12th June 2019 Issue no. 461

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Hacking car locks lands men in jail

Three Sichuan native men were sentenced to between 27 and 45 months in jail and fined from 2,000 yuan ($314) to 3,000 yuan for stealing 28,200 yuan worth of goods from Audi vehicles using lock cracking devices they bought on the Internet, Songjiang District People's Court announced recently.

The three defendants, surnamed Cao, Zhou and Lu began breaking into cars after Cao saw an online video that showed a device that could spoof the signal used to unlock a car's doors, according to a press release from the court. The trio bought five devices online designed to unlock Audis and traveled to Shanghai, where they thought lots of people drove Audis.

On February 17 and 18, police received reports of four thefts from Audi vehicles in which there were no signs that the cars were physically broken into. In one case, police found surveillance video footage of three men driving into a parking lot and unlocking a parked Audi with the push of a button on a device they carried.

Police tracked the three men back to their hometown and arrested them with the help of Sichuan police, the court said.

Source: Global Times www.globaltimes.cn

15th August 2012




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