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Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles amid hacking fears

 
 
 
 
 
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Giant car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled some 1.4 million vehicles amid concerns about a flaw that could expose them to hacking attacks.

The US-Italian company made the announcement on Friday, less than a week after hackers demonstrated that they can easily take over the systems of vehicles made by the world’s seventh-largest car manufacturer.

The safety recall was issued after a report in the Wired tech magazine on July 21 showed that hackers were able to use security flaws in a Jeep Cheroke’s internet-connected entertainment system to take control of the vehicle’s steering system.

The hackers demonstrated that they could send commands to a Jeep Cherokee wirelessly and control the brakes, speed, air conditioning and radio via a laptop.

Chrysler, however, stressed that there were no instances other than the media report in which a vehicle had been hacked.

“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,” the company noted in an online statement.

“No defect has been found. FCA US is conducting this campaign out of an abundance of caution,” the statement added.

This was not the first time that Chrysler recalled a massive number of vehicles for repairs.

Last year in August, the car maker recalled almost 800,000 Jeep SUVs worldwide for problems in their ignition switch.

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