Fiat Chrysler Issues Massive Recall After Hack

If you drive a Chrysler, you not only need to beware of hackers -- you also need to look for a recall notice. Fiat Chrysler just issued a voluntary safety recall to update software in about 1.4 million U.S. vehicles.

There is a security flaw in the Jeep CherokeeEUs Uconnect in-vehicle connectivity system. Two white hat hackers -- Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek -- tapped into the flaw while a reporter drove the vehicle down the highway.

The hackers successfully -- and remotely -- turned up the radio as loud as it would go and turned on the windshield wipers. If that seems fairly benign, wait until you hear this: They also cut off the transmission and disconnected the brakes. The Jeep ended up in a ditch.

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The affected models 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 (pictured) and Cherokee SUVs; 2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs; 2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans; and 2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes.

EUThe security of FCA U.S. customers is a top priority, as is retaining their confidence in the companyEUs products,EU the company said in a statement. EUAccordingly, FCA U.S. has established a dedicated system quality engineering team focused on identifying and implementing best practices for software development and integration.EU

On top of the recall, Fiat Chrysler has also applied network-level security measures to prevent this type of remote manipulation going forward. These measures donEUt require any interaction with the consumer. The company essentially blocked remote access to certain in-vehicle systems.

Fiat Chrysler doesnEUt want anyone to overact. The company said that the software manipulation the recall addresses isnEUt easy to carry out but requires EUunique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access...

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