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Two men jailed in Houston and accused of using pirated computer software to steal more than 100 vehicles may have exploited an electronic vulnerability to advance auto theft into high-tech crime."As you get more and more computers installed in vehicles -- if somebody has that knowledge and that ability, they can turn around and figure out a way to manipulate the system," Houston police officer Jim Woods said.The stolen vehicles had a common software that's used by auto technicians and dealers, he said.Berj Alexanian, a spokesman for Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Fiat Chrysler, which makes Jeeps and Dodges, said the company and police are investigating how the thieves got access to a computerized database of codes used by Fiat Chrysler dealers, locksmiths and independent auto repair shops to replace lost key fobs. He said the code database is national and includes vehicles in areas outside of Houston, although he wasn't aware of similar thefts elsewhere.
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