SA Jeeps immune to cyber hacks

2015-08-12 06:00
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Jeep says there is no danger that vehicles sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including South Africa, are susceptible to hacking.

PHOTO: sourced Jeep says there is no danger that vehicles sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including South Africa, are susceptible to hacking.

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TWO veteran cyber-security researchers showed they can use the internet to turn off a moving car’s engine, sharply raising the stakes in the debate about the safety of increasingly “connected” cars and trucks.

The hackers used a feature in the Fiat Chrysler telematics system Uconnect to break into a Jeep Cherokee.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) says a hack report published was conducted through an embedded cellular modem, a feature “that is not available in vehicles sold outside of the U.S.”, since international markets are not offering the same connectivity feature as the U.S. market vehicles.

Based on these findings, Jeep says, vehicles sold in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa, including South Africa) are not exposed to the type of attack the magazine has reported.

Under no circumstances does Fiat Chrysler Automobiles condone or believe it’s appropriate to disclose ‘how-to information’ that would potentially encourage, or help enable hackers to gain unauthorised and unlawful access to vehicle systems.

The company monitors and tests the information systems of all of its products to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities in the ordinary course of business.

Similar to a smartphone or Tablet, vehicle software can require updates for improved security protection to reduce the potential risk of unauthorised and unlawful access to vehicle systems, says the automaker. Jeep further says it provides its customers around the world with regular software updates through its dealer network. - Wheels24

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