Jeep's in-vehicle connectivity system hacked

Jul 23 2015

Jeep’s in-vehicle connectivity system hacked

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The ‘connected car’ in the current buzz word in the industry.  New technologies are transforming the automotive sector, with major implications for industry players and consumers alike.

But with connectedness always comes security issues. Please read more in this article about the connected car and what it means to the consumer and the automotive industry.

Today’s car has the computing power of 20 personal computers, features about 100 million lines of programming code, and processes up to 25 gigabytes of data an hour.

A security company has now tried to remotely hack into a Jeep Cherokee driven by reporter Andy Greenberg to draw attention to security issues in cars. A vulnerability in Jeep’s UConnect “in-vehicle connectivity system,” allowed the hackers to take control of parts of the car, turning the AC to full blast, pumping up the volume on the radio, and spraying the windshield with washing fluid. At one stage the driver complained  that he can’t see while driving over 110 km per hour.

They then took over the transmission and brakes and turned off the acceleration so that the Jeep slowed dramatically whilst in traffic, which is clearly dangerous.

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It probably wasn’t the safest way to demonstrate this, but it surely raises important questions to the automotive industry. You can watch the video here.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issues a statement, saying that the security flaw does not impact Jeep vehicles sold in Australia.

Jeep has responded with the following statement: “FCA USA was made aware of a potential issue within the UConnect’s external cellular connection. On July 16, owners of vehicles with this UConnect feature were notified of an update that has now resolved this wireless connection issue,” the statement says.

“The software security update, provided at no cost to customers, also includes Uconnect improvements introduced in the 2015 model year designed to enhance customer convenience and enjoyment of their vehicle. Please note, no vehicles in Australia or any other international market outside of the USA were affected by this issue, as it is an American-only system not present in Australian vehicles.”

This all comes a day after Volvo announced the first driver-less car test alongside technology partners Telstra and Bosch in Australia in November. You can read more here and here about the Volvo tests.

Watch this space…




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