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article imageFiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to stop hacking

By Business Insider     Jul 24, 2015 in Technology
Chrysler Fiat is recalling 1.4 million of its vehicles due to a security flaw in its entertainment system, CNBC reports.
Affected cars include Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Chrysler.
This follows a bombshell report from Wired published earlier this week, which showcased two hackers remotely causing a Jeep’s engine to shut off while it was driving in traffic. The hackers did this over 10 miles away, using only an internet connection.
The story highlighted that internet-connected cars are highly vulnerable to external attacks. If a hacker is able to connect to the entertainment system, it seems he or she is also able to wreak havoc with the car’s vital functions.
According to Chrysler Fiat's press release, "The recall aligns with an ongoing software distribution that insulates connected vehicles from remote manipulation, which, if unauthorized, constitutes criminal action."
The release concluded, "The security of FCA US customers is a top priority, as is retaining their confidence in the Company’s products. Accordingly, FCA US has established a dedicated System Quality Engineering team focused on identifying and implementing best practices for software development and integration."
This article was originally published on Business Insider. Copyright 2015.
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