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Jeep and Chrysler hack, easy fix


TECHNOLOGY… cars these days are overflowing with technology. They are basically computers on wheels and although it is really convenient to have a fancy tech-loaded computer on wheels it will be wise to remember that computers can be hacked, as Jeep recently found out.

Cyber-security experts, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, remotely commandeered a Jeep Cherokee, made by Chrysler, to demonstrate the vulnerability of the vehicles’ electronic systems. They deactivated the brakes which caused the car to crash into a ditch. All done in a safe environment though, but, imagine if it wasn’t…

It was reported that the two men were working from their laptop computers at home; they were able to enter the Jeep’s electronics via its online entertainment system, changing its speed and braking capability and manipulating the radio and windshield wipers.

The recall - announced last week, Friday - involves a broad range of Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Chrysler cars produced between 2013 and 2015 that have radios vulnerable to hacking.

Jeep has recalled nearly 1.4 million cars globally however, reports suggest that owners will be sent a flash drive with a software update rather than having to send the car to a dealer.

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