A moving car can be shut down by remote control, raising concern about the safety of increasingly connected vehicles.
Researchers showed how it’s done, using a program to break into a car’s computer system.
Charlie Miller, a former government hacker, and researcher Chris Valasek demonstrated that the Fiat Chrysler telematics system Uconnect can break into a moving vehicle.
Reuters is reporting that in a controlled test, they turned on the Jeep Cherokee’s radio and activated other non-essential features before rewriting code embedded in the entertainment system hardware to issue commands through the internal network to steering, brakes and the engine.
“There are hundreds of thousands of cars that are vulnerable on the road right now,” Miller said.
Fiat Chrysler said it had issued a fix for the most serious vulnerability.
The software patch is available for free on the company’s website and at dealerships.
Miller and Valasek have been probing car safety for years and have been among those warning abour remote hacking.
An academic team had previously said it hacked a moving vehicle from afar but did not say how or name the manufacturer, putting less pressure on the industry.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind on Tuesday said his agency is increasingly concerned about the security of vehicle control systems.
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