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Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles after Jeep hacked, remotely controlled

By Danielle Haynes
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The 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees, similar to the one pictured above, are part of a 1.4 million-vehicle recall by Fiat Chrysler after security experts exposed a flaw in the vehicles' software. Photo courtesy Fiat Chrysler
The 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees, similar to the one pictured above, are part of a 1.4 million-vehicle recall by Fiat Chrysler after security experts exposed a flaw in the vehicles' software. Photo courtesy Fiat Chrysler

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 24 (UPI) -- Chrysler on Friday issued a recall for about 1.4 million vehicles days after security experts released a video showing how someone can hack into a Jeep and take control of it remotely on the road.

The recall affects vehicles with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Uconnect Internet-enabled software, which has a security hole allowing hackers to disable the brakes and engine, and take control of the radio, air conditioning, steering wheel and brakes.

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This ability was demonstrated earlier this week when security experts Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek posted a video of them taking control of a Jeep driven by Wired reporter Andy Greenberg on a stretch of highway in St. Louis.

"From an attacker's perspective, it's a super nice vulnerability," Miller said in the video.

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The two said they told Fiat Chrysler about the security flaw nine months ago and a security update to close the whole was released July 16.

On Friday, though, Fiat Chrysler said it it has tested and implemented new security measures as of Thursday.

"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," a statement from the company said.

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"The security of FCA US customers is a top priority, as is retaining their confidence in the Company's products. Accordingly, FCA US has established a dedicated system quality engineering team focused on identifying and implementing best practices for software development and integration."

The security update will come in the form of a USB that will be sent to customers affected by the recall. Customers will plug the device into their vehicles to repair the problem.

Affected vehicles include 2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles; 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups; 2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs; 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs; 2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs; 2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans; and 2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes.

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