John Deere farm equipment stolen by Russians in Ukraine intercepted remotely


Russian soldiers stole approximately $5 million worth of John Deere agricultural equipment from a company dealership in Melitopol, Ukraine. Together with two harvesters, a tractor and a seeder, a total of 27 vehicles and machines were transported by trucks to villages near the Ukrainian city and the Russian territory of Chechnya 1,100 km away.

It turns out that the Russians unable to use the stolen products directly converted them, with a total of approximately 25 million dollars (3), each today. combine harvester In about R $ 1.5 million. Equipped with GPS technology and John Deere’s remote lockout feature, the equipment was tracked and locked.


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“When the invaders took the harvesters stolen from Chechnya, they realized they couldn’t even turn them on. because the harvesters were shut down remotely,” a source told CNN Report,

Now, Russian soldiers are looking for dead ends against Russian experts who can crack the software protection of John Deere equipment. Something that doesn’t seem easy (and just not in this case hacking).

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John Deere has been at the center of the right to repair debate because its proprietary software prevents farmers from repairing their equipment. like this case of agricultural machinery Theft reported by the Russians shows that the company is free to discontinue products produced by it at any time (even after customers have purchased them).

In 2020, John Deere claimed that “never activated this capability [de controlar remotamente]except for the manufacture of equipment in China, where financing conditions require it. In any case, some farmers even go so far as to download pirated firmware from the company so that they have access to this level. to prevent remote access.

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Image: John Deere T-Series Harvester for illustration/simple disclosure/John Deere


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