Chrysler recalls 1.4M cars to fix hacking problem

25 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.4 Million Cars After Hackers Commandeer Moving Jeep.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. is recalling 1.4 million vehicles for software upgrades after a report described two hackers’ successful attempt to take control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee while it was driving on a public road.Fiat Chrysler is recalling roughly 1.4 million automobiles after security researchers successfully demonstrated that certain high-tech cars can be remotely hacked and commandeered. From Reuters: The announcement by FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC, comes after cybersecurity researchers used the Internet to turn off a car’s engine as it drove, escalating concerns about the safety of Internet-connected vehicles.

The auto giant said on Friday this week that it is issuing a fix to patch a vulnerability that affects vehicles sold in the United States that are outfitted with 8.4-inch touchscreens, including select Ram pickups, Dodge Viper sports cars and Jeep Grand Cherokees. The researchers used Fiat Chrysler’s telematics system to break into a car being driven on the highway and issue commands to the engine, steering and brakes.

Three days earlier, Wired published an article in researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek showed how they had discovered a flaw with the Jeep Cherokee’s UConnect entertainment system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and members of Congress have expressed concern about the security of Internet-connected vehicle control systems. Once exploited, they explained, hackers could gain access to critical functions normally controlled through the car’s onboard computer, including steering, brakes, speed and transmission. Andy Greenberg, the Wired journalist who first reported on the hack, had been driving a Cherokee at the moment the researchers demonstrated their exploit to him. “The most disturbing maneuver came when they cut the Jeep’s brakes, leaving me frantically pumping the pedal as the 2-ton SUV slid uncontrollably into a ditch,” he wrote. While some of the commands Miller and Valasek gave the Jeep were almost playful—blasting a rap station on the radio and cranking up the air conditioning—they were also able to bring it to a stop by shutting down its transmission.

Valasek manipulated its software “constitutes criminal action,” the automaker said in a statement on Friday. “Launching a recall is the right step to protect Fiat Chrysler’s customers, and it sets an important precedent for how NHTSA and the industry will respond to cybersecurity vulnerabilities,” NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said in a statement, Bloomberg reported. “I wonder what is cheaper, designing secure cars or doing recalls?” Mr. The Security and Privacy in Your Car (SPY Car) Act would require manufacturers to disclose the measures taken to shield cars from hacking and allow consumers to opt out of data collection enabled by on-board technology.

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