Chrysler Hit By Car Hacking Breach

Jul 28, 2015

Chrysler Hit By Car Hacking Breach

BY Chris Brunau

BCDR Cybersecurity

Carjackers, make room for car hackers.

As Wired reported last week, it’s possible for hackers to infiltrate the entertainment system in some Chrysler vehicles, and take control over your vehicle.

In their experiment, they first took control of a few harmless features. They meddled with the air conditioning, radio, windshield wipers, and more. Later, however, they disabled the transmission, reducing the vehicle to a crawl, and eventually took control of the brakes.

According to CNN, there have been zero instances of car hacking outside of Wired’s experiment, but Chrysler has announced a recall for 1.4 million hackable cars through a software update.

Hackers were able to disable the brakes, honk the horn, jerk the seat belt, and commandeer the steering wheel on a Chrysler Jeep Cherokee like the one pictured.

The software update can be downloaded on to a flash drive, and then uploaded to the car, by going to your local Chrysler dealer, or by having Chrysler mail you a flash drive with the update; again which you would have to download yourself.

While car hacking may not be a major threat just yet, this story just reminds us of the very real threat hackers pose to your information on a daily basis.

It appears hacks come in all sizes as well. Whether it’s the iCloud hack in September, Sony Entertainment’s hack in November, or the 79,790 other security incidents 2014, according to the 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report by Verizon.

While it’s the large, household names that make the news, businesses of all sizes are susceptible to hackers and their various methods - be it malware, CryptoLocker, etc - bottom line, today’s businesses are at risk from an outside entity manipulating, deleting, and taking their data.

 

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