And dangerous too!
The dealership used a system called Webtech Plus as an alternative to
repossessing vehicles that havenĘt been paid for. Operated by
Cleveland-based Pay Technologies, the system lets car dealers install a
small black box under vehicle dashboards that responds to commands issued
through a central website, and relayed over a wireless pager network. The
dealer can disable a carĘs ignition system, or trigger the horn to begin
honking, as a reminder that a payment is due. The system will not stop a
Texas Auto Center began fielding complaints from baffled customers the last
week in February, many of whom wound up missing work, calling tow trucks or
disconnecting their batteries to stop the honking. The troubles stopped
five days later, when Texas Auto Center reset the Webtech Plus passwords
for all its employee accounts, says Garcia. Then police obtained access
logs from Pay Technologies, and traced the saboteurĘs IP address to
Ramos-LopezĘs AT&T internet service, according to a police affidavit filed
in the case.