Doug Bedell — July 13, 2018, 11:15 pm

Cyber Crime: A Gas Pump Acting ‘On Its Own’


Barrier Briefs has been noting how cyber-based crime is increasing, along with the need for security vigilance. Here’s an example, provided by Bruce Schneier on his security blog.

“Police in Detroit,” Schneier writes, “are looking for two suspects who allegedly managed to hack a gas pump and steal over 600 gallons of gasoline, valued at about $1,800. The theft took place in the middle of the day and went on for about 90 minutes, with the gas station attendant unable to thwart the hackers.

“The theft, reported by Fox 2 Detroit, took place at around 1 P.M. local time on June 23 at a Marathon gas station located about 15 minutes from downtown Detroit. At least 10 cars are believed to have benefitted from the free-flowing gas pump, which still has police befuddled.”

The two thieves were able to take control of the gas pump away from the gas station’s employees. When have you heard of that happening? Well, this is a new era of cyber-based crime. Be wary.

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