NZ not affected by Jeep recall in the US

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Chrysler Ram Trucks Recalled Over Air Bag Fault.

Concerns about cars have been percolating among computer security experts for years, as automakers rushed to keep cars abreast with the demands of increasingly connected, tech-happy consumers. (M.Detroit: Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the US just days after two hackers revealed that they took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the internet. Spencer Green/Associated Press) Instead, the noted security expert and co-founder of the SecTor conference says he just repeats what has been true of electronic security since, at least, the mid 1990s.

The company also disclosed in government documents that the hackers got into the Jeep through an electronic opening in the radio and said it would update software to close it. On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler sealed off a loophole in its internal cellular telephone network with vehicles to prevent similar attacks, the automaker said in a statement. One of the recalls affects as many as 667,406 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks manufactured from June 20, 2012, to Jan. 26, 2015, in which the side air bags are “overly sensitive” and may activate without cause. Bourne says he was pleased to hear about the Jeep Cherokee hack, which was demonstrated on a willing participant, because it puts pressure on automakers to pay more attention to electronic security, which in a car represents a very real risk to life and limb.

It came as the industry is rapidly adding internet-connected features such as WiFi and navigation that are convenient for drivers but make the car more vulnerable to outside attacks. “I think it’s a pretty big deal,” said James Carder, chief information security officer for LogRhythm Inc., a Boulder, Colorado, security company. “This isn’t intellectual property going out the door, this is 1.4 million lives on the line.” Automakers, he said, have become accustomed to testing mechanical safety, but most aren’t doing enough online security testing. Researchers were able to find and disable vehicles from miles away over the cellular network that connects to the vehicles’ entertainment and navigation systems.

Research “clearly shows that security between the various systems in a vehicle all communicate rather openly without security firewalls or sender verification,” Bourne said. Fiat Chrysler, which already is facing penalties from NHTSA for recall delays over several years, said in documents that it agreed to the recall even though there were no problems in the field other than the Jeep attack, and it had no complaints or warranty claims. Miller said Friday that he didn’t think Fiat Chrysler’s statement about criminal activity was directed at them because they hacked into a vehicle they own. “I don’t think they are saying anything bad against us in that statement, just reminding people that if someone were to hack their car, it’d be against the law,” he said. Also covered are 2014 and 2015 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs, as well as the 2015 Chrysler 200 and 300, and the Dodge Charger and Challenger.

Customers can go to and punch in their vehicle identification number to find out if they’re included in the recall. He owns the same model Jeep that was hacked, and says he’ll get the software fix done quickly. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

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