European Police Bust Polish Gang Suspected of Hacking and Stealing Cars

German and Polish police agencies announced Wednesday they had dismantled a Polish criminal network accused of stealing dozens of cars by breaching the keyless systems used to start the vehicles. The alleged thieves had racked up at least 34 vehicles worth $1.6 million by the time investigators raided their properties in Poland last week, according to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency. The alleged Polish criminal network appears to be reeling. Seven of its suspected members were arrested last year, and two more in recent months, Europol said. It is unclear exactly how the hacking went down; Europol would only say that the suspects used “technical equipment” to crack the “Keyless Go” systems that allow a driver to unlock and start a car electronically. A Europol spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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