Chrysler’s Uconnect system allows them to the hacked over the internet

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 by

Yes, you read that right. A flaw in several Chrysler models allows hackers to remotely control them over the Internet, posing an unprecedented risk for drivers. According to researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, they can control everything from the volume of the radio to the brakes and steering of the vehicle.

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Jeep Cherokees, Chrysler 200s, Dodge Rams, and several other vehicles are vulnerable to such attacks, according to research revealed Tuesday. The core problem? A flaw in the wireless service Uconnect that connects these cars to the Sprint cellphone network.

The researchers have concluded that the vulnerable Chrysler models are those from late 2013, all of 2014 and early that are loaded with Uconnect and the full navigation displays. But Miller said there could be other vehicles with this weakness that he isn’t aware of. The researchers did not test any cars made by Ford, General Motors or others.

Chrysler acknowledged the problem to CNNMoney on Tuesday. Chrysler said it left an unused computer communication channel open that unknowingly granted outside access to car controls. It is now offering a software upgrade that it says customers should install “at their earliest convenience.”

The researchers noted that Sprint, as the network operator, is also in the position to block this kind of attack. Sprint did not tell CNNMoney whether it would do that on its own, but the company said it is “working with Chrysler to help them secure their vehicles.”

Source: CNN Money

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