The Weekly Hack: Hackers break into Mercedes Benz rental app, steal 100 cars

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The app-maker describes the massive theft as an ‘isolated’ instance

Hackers are continuing to find novel ways to steal cars, but it may be a comfort to learn that the victim in the latest case is a car rental service, not a heartbroken individual consumer.

A CBS reporter in Chicago reports that as many as 100 Mercedes Benz cars or other high-end cars have been reported missing after the rental app Car2Go was hacked.

Car2Go, also known as Share Now, is a mobile app that lets people rent Mercedes Benz and other luxury cars with their cell phone. A spokesman for the company downplayed reports of the Chicago theft, instead only telling a reporter that 100 cars had been “compromised.”

"This is an instance of fraud, isolated to Chicago, and we are currently working with law enforcement,” a Car2Go spokesman told Mashable. “None of our member’s personal or confidential information has been compromised.”

Federal agents

Hackers have broken into websites associated with the FBI National Academy Association (FBINAA), a training program for law enforcement, and compromised the personal information of approximately 4,000 federal agents across the United States.

The information includes job titles, phone numbers, and postal addresses of federal agents.

Techhrunch got ahold of the hacker, who claimed to have data on “over a million” federal employees. The hacker is trying to sell the information on the Dark Web. The FBI academy said it is looking into the matter.

“We believe we have identified the three affected Chapters that have been hacked and they are currently working on checking the breach with their data security authorities,” FBINAA said in press statement.

Internet Explorer

A security researcher is advising people to remove Internet Explorer from their computers after finding a vulnerability that allows hackers to steal users’ files and data even if they do not use the browser.

Researcher John Page told Microsoft about the flaw last month, but the company said that concerns were overblown and refused to issue a patch to fix the problem.

“We determined that a fix for this issue will be considered in a future version of this product or service," Page says he was told by Microsoft.

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