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Software The Military

BeauHD posted on Monday May 2nd at 11:30PM from the software-locks-aren't-all-bad dept.

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Russian troops stole almost $5 million worth of farm equipment from a John Deere dealer in the occupied city of Melitopol, Ukraine, only to discover that the machines have been shut down remotely, making them inoperable, according to a report from CNN. Some of the equipment, which comes with a remote locking feature and a built-in GPS, was tracked over 700 miles away in the Zakhan Yurt village of Chechnya.

A source close to the situation told CNN that Russian troops gradually began taking machinery away from the dealer following their occupation of Melitopol in March. It reportedly started with two combine harvesters worth $300,000 each, a tractor, and a seeder, until troops hauled away all 27 pieces of equipment. Some of the equipment went to Chechnya, while others reportedly landed in a nearby village. "When the invaders drove the stolen harvesters to Chechnya, they realized that they could not even turn them on, because the harvesters were locked remotely," CNN's source told the outlet. Although the pieces of equipment were remotely disabled, CNN's source says that Russian troops may be trying to find a way around the block, as they're in contact with "consultants in Russia who are trying to bypass the protection."


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