Chrysler agreed last week to recall 1.4 million vehicles after discovering they could be cyber-hacked remotely. The recall occurred just days after a magazine showed that hackers could wirelessly take control of a Jeep Cherokee.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is going to open an investigation into the recall to make sure that all vehicles that could possibly be affected are covered. Owners of the affected vehicles will receive a USB device that they can use to upgrade vehicle software, which will provide additional security features.
Leaders in the House and Senate have asked the NHTSA to ensure that the problem is limited to Chrysler. Researchers for Wired magazine recently remotely hacked into a 2014 Jeep Cherokee, and were able to disable the SUV’s engine functions. The hackers were also able to control the air conditioning, locks, and the radio.
Of the 1.4 million recalled vehicles, Chrysler said that it has eliminated nearly all hacking concerns earlier this week, after the provider of its telecommunications closed an open port. However, three percent of the vehicles could still be impacted by short-range wireless communications if the vehicle owner subscribes to a mobile hotspot. A hacker would have to be within 100 feet of the vehicle to take control.
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