Three alleged car thieves from East Jerusalem are accused of hacking into Hyundai's and Kia's servers in order to obtain private data that they later used to steal cars.
Three alleged car thieves from East Jerusalem are accused of hacking into Hyundai's and Kia's servers in order to obtain private data that they later used to steal cars.

Israeli Police reportedly have arrested three individuals from East Jerusalem who allegedly hacked into the company servers of car manufacturers Hyundai and Kia in order to obtain data that would help them steal dozens of their automobiles.

According to a Ynetnews report on Tuesday, the three suspects allegedly drove around the Jerusalem area searching for Hyundais and Kias, looking up their registration numbers whenever they would spot one. They would then use the hacked data to find a targeted car's anti-theft protection number and the code needed to make keys for that particular vehicle. After having keys made, the defendants would again consult the leaked data to look up the car owner's home address, where they would steal the automobile before smuggling it into the West Bank for resale.

The report noted that most of the cars were brand-new luxury models.