Software fix issued after hackers take over a moving Jeep Cherokee [video]

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hackers Have Found A Way To Get Info From Car GPS Systems.

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you use GPS in your car, you might want to listen to this: hackers have found new ways of getting your information—from your vehicle’s database.

Last year, Mr Charlie Miller and Mr Chris Valasek bought a Jeep that came with a car stereo head unit, which offers a radio display, traffic and navigation system, and in this case, connected to the Internet through a hardware chip that provides a wireless and a cellular network connection.Due to automakers rush to keep up with the demand of digitally connected cars, according to a recent Wired article, most cars have been converted into smartphones making a them an easy target for cybercriminals — specifically Chrysler vehicles, which utilize Uconnect.

What they did not realise at the time was that their discovery would extend far beyond the Jeep and affect other vehicles with the same head unit made by Fiat Chrysler. Although not tested on all of the Chrysler make and models, the two hackers have been able to remotely kill an engine, slam on the brakes or disable them and play around with dashboard controls just to name a functionality flaws detailed in the report. In an article posted Tuesday, Miller and Valasek demonstrate that they could take over the computer in the car of Wired reporter Andy Greenberg, as Greenberg drove on Highway 40 (Interstate 64) in St.

The author explains: “Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. “Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station … The pair, who work as ethical hackers, were miles away and used the internet to get inside the Jeep’s infotainment system, controlling the radio and its nav system. “From there, we were able to move to a different processor that was involved in in-vehicle communication so things like braking, steering, transmission,” Valasek said. In a statement, the company says it has released a software update that offers customers improved vehicle electronic security and communications system enhancements.

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