A farmer has always been a jack of all trades, but now American farmers are adding an unexpected skill to their repertoire: hacking. In a dispute that pits equipment maker John Deere against customers who insist on their right to maintain and modify their own machines, farmers are learning to hack their own tractors using pirated software purchased on the Eastern European black market. Journalist Jason Koebler uncovers the dark side of tractor software, whereby American farmers purchase pirated firmware to bring home the bacon. getAbstract recommends this article to anyone interested in intellectual property, farming and stories of resistance to corporate power.
About the Author
Jason Koebler is a senior staff writer at Motherboard and has written on science and technology for The Atlantic, The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report.