Someone Just Hacked a Jeep Through Its Radio

If you’ve been in a late-model car recently, you may have been dazzled/confused by all the electronics, especially those incorporated into the vehicle’s infotainment system. With all the telemetrics involved, people have speculated whether it’s possible for someone to hack into a car and take control over some of its functions. The answer seems to be “yes.”

In a controlled experiment, a group of hackers managed to take control of a Jeep Cherokee via its U-Connect system from ten miles away, blasting the air conditioner, cranking the radio, messing with its brakes, sending it into a spin and ultimately putting it into a ditch. This back door access is apparently available on nearly 500,000 Chrysler and Fiat vehicles.  Check out the video below and then read the full story at Wired.

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Alan Cross

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One thought on “Someone Just Hacked a Jeep Through Its Radio

  • July 22, 2015 at 2:53 pm
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    Now I’m happy I’m too broke to afford a new car! And to think I actually wanted a jeep!

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