Watchdog sparks mass recall, sheds light on ridiculous flaw.
Fiat Chrysler’s bad week just got even worse: the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recalled 1.4 million of the manufacturer’s cars after a dangerous software flaw was revealed just days ago.
Renowned hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek warned on Tuesday of a ridiculous vuln in the computer systems built into Fiat Chrysler cars: the flaw can be exploited by an attacker to wirelessly take control of the engine, brakes and entertainment system.
The cars connect to the internet via Fiat Chrysler’s uConnect cellular network, and thus can be accessed and tampered with from miles away by anyone who knows the vehicle’s public IP address. No authentication is required. The US network has been attempting to block incoming connections, we’re told.
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