Chicago Car2Go app reportedly hacked, some 100 cars missing


Chicago police said Tuesday night that they have recovered some of the missing cars, but at least 100 vehicles remain unaccounted for. This is an instance of fraud, isolated to Chicago, and we are now working with law enforcement.

The Chicago Police Department released a statement Wednesday afternoon warning of fraud against a rental company that believes scammers are using a mobile app to rent high-end vehicles.

The Chicago Police Department said they have been notified about the "deceptive or fraudulent means" that had been used to acquire the vehicles. While members' personal information hasn't been compromised, it's pausing service out of precaution. The quick car-rental app made its debut in Chicago in July 2018 and according to the most recent data offered a fleet as large as 400 vehicles throughout the metropolitan area. Check back for more updates. The Chicago Police Department is working with the company to determine whether there any other vehicles whose locations can not be accounted for.

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Share Now said no other cities should be affected by this. Mike Silverman, a Share Now spokesman, declined to comment on details of the incident due to there being an ongoing police investigation.

SHARE NOW is the result of a merger between car2go, which was owned by German luxury carmaker Daimler, the manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz, and DriveNow, the car-sharing venture owned by BMW. Half of the missing vehicles are Mercedes-Benz models such as the CLA-class sedan and the GLA-class subcompact SUV, while others include the tiny Smart Fortwo city auto. A Smart auto costs 24 cents per minute, while Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles cost 29 cents per minute. There's been no word yet on how numerous vehicles have been recovered.