Drive a Jeep Cherokee with UConnect? Hold on to your butts, you’ve been Hacked
If you have a Fiat Chrysler Corporation (FCA) vehicle that is from 2013 or newer and has the UConnect system that has internet access hackers can officially kill you, by disabling your engine, transmission, and/or brakes. Besides disabling these driving essentials they can override steering controls, tighten seat belts, honk the horn, turn on wipers.
Most of these wouldn’t be that big of a deal except the steering controls. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the level of electronic controls in vehicles today is essentially drive by wire. All of the controls of your primary inputs, steering wheel, brakes, and gas pedal all to the cars computer over the CAN-BUS system.
The Black Hat Hackers are all over UConnect.
On 7/24/15 FCA announced a recall, other vehicles that are affected:
The recall includes 1.4 million vehicles equipped with 8.4-inch touchscreens including:
■2013-2015 Dodge Vipers
■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
■2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes