Feeds

Satanic car key traps 12 motorists in car park of horror

Weeping drivers rescued by exorcist Ofcom

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Stranded motorists in Kent were forced to turn to Ofcom after a rogue car's central locking system took possession of other vehicles in the same Gravesend car park.

More than 12 cars at the Parrock Street car park in the comfortable yet earthy Medway town decided not to open or start on Tuesday, the Beeb reports.

Apparently this was just the latest in a series of mysterious goings-on in the car park in recent weeks, with cars sounding their alarms spontaneously, refusing to open, or resolutely staying put.

Council officers had suspected either a rogue transmitter or wireless broadband was the source of the problem. Council and police systems were checked, as was the town’s car park vacancy notification system.

After Tuesday’s mass sit-in by unhappy cars, the council called in the cavalry in the form of Ofcom, which took a break from its usual job of working out what to do with the country’s spectrum and fining TV companies for phone-in scams. The regulator’s boffins said they eventually traced the problem to "a small family car [that] was intermittently sending out signals blocking other fobs in a 164ft (50m) radius".

They left a note on the car and the owner eventually ID’d himself, leading authorities to declare the problem solved once and for all. Which it is, if you really believe that the problem was down to a faulty key, and not a more widespread rebellion of the country’s hacked-off hive-brained motor fleet... ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS
'Prettier, better organised, more harmonious than if men were in charge'
Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD
'Officers were unable to determine Chicken's intent'
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!
Put it away boys. Cover them up ladies. Your credit cards, we mean
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'
US court hears of cached browser image - not actual request
Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty
Sales of traditional brekkie foods soar as hungry folk get their mitts greasy
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?