What if you were driving down the road and the radio suddenly turned on and started blaring music? Or the vents started blasting the heat? Or, even worse, you started to turn without moving the steering wheel? It’s possible – Wired Magazine recently reported that two hackers found a way to take over a Jeep Cherokee on a highway, and now Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles susceptible to the exploit. Chrysler owners can go here to see if their VIN is one of the affected vehicles.
The UConnect system has been in Chrysler vehicles since 2013. Because affected cars do not have the ability to receive over-the-air updates, owners of certain types of Chrysler vehicles need to take their car to a dealership to receive a patch to correct the problems. Chrysler also said that they have taken “network-level security measures” to prevent remote manipulation.
The affected vehicles include:
2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles
2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs
2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs
2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs
2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans
2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes
“The company is unaware of any injuries related to software exploitation, nor is it aware of any related complaints, warranty claims, or accidents — independent of the media demonstration,” Chrysler’s statement said.
Chrysler also pointed out that they recalling vehicles due to an “abundance of caution” and that software manipulation could only be conducted by someone with extensive technical knowledge and prolonged access to a vehicle, as well as “extended periods of time” to write the code that would take over the vehicle. But, considering hackers did just that — it’s a good thing that Chrysler is taking the precaution.
Via The Verge
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