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Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles over hacking concerns

After Wired reported on security holes with thousands of Chrysler vehicles that sport Uconnect infotainment systems. The exploit would allow hackers to disable everything from the transmission to the cars brakes while in use. The hackers could access the vehicle’s Uconnect system from anywhere in the world remotely, through the vehicles internet connection provide from Sprint.

Owners of vehicles affected can update the Uconnect software by themselves or can go into the dealership to have them update the software. Over 10 different FCA models are affected by the security hole, to the tune of 1.4 million cars. The full list is below.

Affected are certain vehicles equipped with 8.4-inch touchscreens among the following populations:

  • 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 and Cherokee SUVs

  • 2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs

  • 2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans

  • 2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes

     

FCA has setup a website where you can input your VIN to see if your vehicle is among the recall. The only bright side to all of this news is the security research who exposed the hack didn’t want to cause harm, but to raise awareness of the vulnerability of our connected cars. There haven’t been any reported attacks out in the wild, and that’s good consider the amount of damage hackers could do.

Tell us what you think about this hack, and if you have one of the affected models make sure to have the software in Uconnect update immediately.

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