Report: Thieves may have hacked Detroit gas pump to steal £1,359 of fuel

News by Bradley Barth

A Marathon gas station in Detroit is reportedly out roughly US$ 1,800 (£1,359) after an unknown party apparently used a device to hack one of its pumps to dispense free gasoline.

A Marathon gas station in Detroit is reportedly out roughly US$ 1,800 (£1,359) after an unknown party apparently used a device to hack one of its pumps to dispense free gasoline.

Fox affiliate WJBK reported last week that the clerk manning the station, Aziz Awadh, said he was unable to stop the thieves, who may have found a way to disable the employee's screen-based system. Various reports [123] suggest the culprits could have successfully targeted the station's fuel-management software.

The 23 June incident reportedly involved 10 separate vehicles stealing a total of 600 gallons of gas -- although it is not clear if all the drivers were in on the apparent scam. Awadh said he was finally able to shut down the pump using an emergency kit, before calling the police.

Reports say the police are looking for two suspects.

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