Two people have allegedly hacked a fuel pump in Detroit allowing over 600 gallons (2,271.25 litres) of petrol to be stolen over the course of an hour and a half, Gizmodo reported.
The fuel’s value was about $1,800 (R24,000).
According to the report, at least 10 cars scored from the unlocked petrol pump.
The hackers apparently used a kind of remote device which let them hijack the pump and prevent the gas station employee from shutting it down.
Many fuel management systems include web-based interfaces, which TrendMicro reported are relatively easy to find online using the search tool Shodan.
TrendMicro also found that several systems were not password protected.