Fiat Chrysler just launched a voluntary recall for 1.4 million cars after concerns of hacking vulnerabilities. The automaker will fix the software issue that puts cars in danger. The recall affects many models including Ram pickup trucks, Jeep Grand Cherokees, and Chrysler sedans. Fiat Chrysler claims it has not received any reports about accidents related to the vulnerabilities. The decision comes after hackers Chris Valesek and Charlie Miller remotely killed a Jeep on a highway in an effort to expose the vulnerabilities of the car’s software system.
The automaker clarified in a statement, “The software manipulation addressed by this recall required unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle and extended periods of time to write code.”
Experts worry about potential hacks
Security experts expressed their concerns regarding widespread hacks on connected devices and cars. The internet of things has paved the way for amazing new technologies, but it comes with a price. The software systems for the devices often come with flaws that make it easy to hack. Many cars already come with a variety of IoT technologies like Bluetooth connections, remote key systems, wireless tire-pressure monitors, satellite radios, and dashboard Internet links.
Congress members previously voiced their concerns over potential hack threats. Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey even said most cars on the market have technologies that are vulnerable to such dangers.
NHSTA gets involved with Fiat’s recall
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) plans to open up an investigation to determine if whether Fiat Chrysler’s solution proves effective. NHSTA Mark Rosekind shared his concerns about possible vehicle hack, and openly supports the automaker’s attempt to fix the problem.
I Am The Calvary founder Josh Corman also suggested a possible solution could involve sending secure over-the-air updates to smartphones.