The Web-Connected Car Is Cool, Until Hackers Cut Your Brakes

When the history of the connected car is written, this week may go down as a pivotal moment for consumers worried about security.That is because a pair of technology researchers said that they had wirelessly hacked a Jeep Cherokee through its Internet-connected system, allowing them to take control of critical components like the engine, brakes and even steering under certain conditions. see:Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.4 Million Cars After Software Bug is Revealed
A few days after issuing a patch and reassuring owners that the attack that shut down the transmission and other systems remotely on a Jeep was not a huge risk, Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall nearly 1.5 million vehicles as a result of the bug exposed in the research.The recall is the result of research done by Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek that was released this week. The pair spent close to a year working on their project, which resulted in them identifying a vulnerability in the Uconnect computer included in some Fiat Chrysler cars sold in theUnited States. By exploiting the vulnerability, Miller and Valasek were able to move laterally to a separate chip and eventually issue remote commands to the vehicle to take over many of the Jeep’s systems. They were working on a Jeep that Miller owned. Hack Shows Why the DMCA Must Get Out of the Way of Vehicle Security Research
Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have once again exposed automobile security flaws that allow attackers to take over a vehicle’s crucial systems. In their latest work, they learned how an attacker could remotely control a car over the Internet.

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