Hacking Calls for Advanced Security Systems in Fiat and Chrysler Cars

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 22, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Hacking is one such global phenomenon today, which questions security prospects of any device or applications. Two researchers demonstrated the need for advanced security systems in vehicles, reports Zack Whittaker for ZD Net.

Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek discovered a single vulnerability in the Uconnect equipped car over the internet, which grants access to car controls. This software is installed in Fiat and Chrysler cars, which allows the owner’s smartphone to connect with their vehicles through sprint network. This technical glitch lets the hackers to take complete control over the cars.

The research highlights the technical errors where, once the hacker penetrates the infotainment system they can control the air conditioner system, volume of the sound console and change the navigation screen. Once they hit the guarded layer: computer backbone of the car they can remotely switch off the engine, control the breaks, track the vehicle over GPS, access other anti theft features or make all the electronics go haywire, where the owner no longer controls the car.

This test showcases the various loopholes in a technology, which can be used as an advantage by the hackers and take the vehicle off the road by putting the owner’s life at risk.