Local news reports from Detroit reveal that the police are looking for two suspects who allegedly managed to steal 600 gallons of gasoline from a gas station by hacking a gas pump. The theft is valued at around $1,800 and it took place in the middle of the day and was ongoing for almost 90 minutes. The gas station attendant was unable to do anything to stop the hackers.
Fox 2 Detroit reports that the theft took place close to 1pm local time on June 23rd at a Marathon gas station some 15 minutes from downtown Detroit. Police believe that at least 10 cars took advantage of the gas pump that was free-flowing. Police are reportedly still unclear about how this happened.
The hackers are believed to have used some sort of a remote device to take away control from the attendant. They were able to hijack the pump with the device that also prevented the attendant from shutting off the individual pump using the gas station’s system.
There’s not a lot to go on right now which can adequately explain just what happened but it appears that they may have targeted the fuel-management software used by the gas station. It’s as yet unknown what this device could have been and how it prevented the attendant from using the station’s system to shut down the pump itself. Police are still looking for the suspects.