Tractor in field

Farmers Hack Their Tractors

US farmers are revolting against a license agreement that prevents them from doing repairs on their own John Deere tractors, Motherboard reported. The agreement, which is required in order purchase the tractor, forces the farmers to use John Deere technicians that charge a $230 service fee plus $130 dollars an hour for repairs. Farmers have started turning to the online black market to buy hacking tools that break the restrictions built into the tractor’s operating software. In reaction to John Deere’s move, Nebraska and seven other farm states are considering “right to repair” legislation which would prohibit manufacturers from using control software to block repair work. —AK

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