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Chrysler is Recalling Vehicles to Prevent Hacking

Chrysler is Recalling Vehicles to Prevent Hacking

by P. H. MadoreJuly 24, 2015

It appears the recent experimentation of security researchers on computerized cars has hit home for some. In the US Senate, the SPY Car Act is being considered, which will authorize regulatory bodies to impose cybersecurity standards on automakers.

Fiat Chrysler is getting ahead of regulation by updating 1.4 million vehicles in order to audit and update their firmware. It was a Chrysler product, a Jeep Cherokee, that the researchers were able to kill remotely using a not-so-secret exploit involving the vehicle’s telematics system.

At the Black Hat Asia Conference in March, a presentation was given by Christian Karam which explained the numerous disturbing vulnerabilities manufacturers have been installing into consumer vehicles in recent years. In answer to this, the SPY Car Act will require basic penetration testing among other security checks of new vehicles beginning two years after its passage.

Yesterday, Fiat Chrysler US submitted a recall advisory to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, recall #15V461000. It states that the following models are affected: 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500, 2015 Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Challenger, 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, and Dodge Durango, and 2013-2015 Dodge Viper vehicles.

In total, there are 1.4 million of these models on the roads. To remedy the situation, Chrysler will provide customers a firmware update free of charge on a USB stick along with instructions to install the updates. Owners of affected vehicles are also able to download and install the updates themselves. Those who need more information can contact Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.

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