Driving down the road and all of sudden your Jeep‘s motor shuts off, doesn’t sound like fun, well it is possible. Hackers have come up with a way to access the on-board computer via a remote internet connection to the vehicle.
The hackers used Chrysler’s UConnect system, which uses Sprint’s cellular network for connectivity. They were able to remotely locate cars by scanning for devices using that particular spectrum band.
Once in the system the hackers could control any part of the vehicle. Turn the radio’s volume up, disable the brakes, and completely turn off the motor all by a click of a button on their computer miles away. The car can be in any state, anywhere in the United States, and possibly North America.
The good thing about all of this was these hackers where not doing it to random vehicles. They were trying to exploit the system, see what was possible, and present their findings to Chrysler.
Do not worry, there has been a fix. Chrysler has released an updated patch to fix the issue with the system. The update can be completed using a flash drive, or the vehicle can be taken into a Chrysler service department.
This was done as a preventative measure. The hackers that performed this have also done it before, but last time they had to be in the vehicle.
With technology advancing, wireless, and everything going to the cloud, issues like this may become a thing of the future. Vehicle manufactures may be hiring these sort of hackers to make sure any new system is failproof.