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Canadians Need Not Fear New UConnect Hack

by David Zatz on

Canadians are immune to the recent hack of Fiat Chrysler vehicles publicized in a recent Wired article, according to a company spokesman.

The reason is simple: they do not have the UConnect Access service which is to blame for the vulnerability. The service, provided by Sprint, sent some information, including vehicle ID numbers, in “cleartext” — without encryption. This hole has been fixed in a security update (see our instructions for installing it).

Canadians, and those in other areas that are not affected by the flaw yet, should still take proactive action, if nothing else then because the service may be launched elsewhere in the future.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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