Chrysler Jeep Hacked

The BBC reports:

Several car infotainment systems are vulnerable to a hack attack that could potentially put lives at risk, a leading security company has said.

NCC Group said the exploit could be used to seize control of a vehicle’s brakes and other critical systems.

The Manchester-based company told the BBC it had found a way to carry out the attacks by sending data via digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio signals.

It coincides with news of a similar flaw discovered by two US researchers.

Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller showed Wired magazine that they could take control of a Jeep Cherokee car by sending data to its internet-connected entertainment and navigation system via a mobile-phone network.

Chrysler has released a patch to address the problem.

Wired magazine reported that two US security researchers had managed to remotely take control of a Jeep Cherokee’s air-conditioning system, radio and windscreen wipers while its journalist was driving the vehicle.

“I mean that’s essentially what we did over the cell [mobile] network – we took over the infotainment system and from there reprogrammed certain pieces of the vehicle so we could send control commands,” said Chris Valasek.

, , , ,

Comments are closed.