Earlier this week, the WIRED team along with hackers proved just how easy it is to remotely take control of an SUV using just a laptop. This breach of security spread widely across the Internet, and now automaker Fiat Chrysler claims to have a software patch to repair the problem. Also Read - RAMpage is the latest security problem that affects all Android devices since 2012
Chrysler informed that this issue prevails in 2013 and 2014 Ram pickups, 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SUVs, as well as some 2015 Chrysler 200 cars. The company told Bloomberg that “after becoming aware of the vulnerabilities in some 2013 and 2014 vehicles equipped with the 8.4-inch touchscreen systems, FCA and several suppliers worked to fix the vulnerabilities in model year 2015 vehicles.” Also Read - Smartphones with higher RAM to cost cheaper in 2018 as memory chip prices fall: Report
This software patch repairs the loopholes in the vehicle’s entertainment system. The company explains that owners can install the software from Fiat Chrysler’s website, and install it in the car within 30 minutes to 45 minutes. Alternatively, owners can even get the update done at a dealership. The company plans to personally contact all users and make them aware about the glitch and recommend the software patch. Also Read - Apple’s new iMac gets torn open; same LG display spotted
The advent of Internet connected cars is fast becoming a reality and autonomous vehicles have already reached commercial markets. Google’s driverless cars are already being tested on roads, with Apple, Tesla and even Ford making electric cars which will be fully connected via the Internet.
This software patch may be a temporary breather, but a more effective solution is required for this possible security breach, not to mention proper laws.
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