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FCA closes hacker hole

by David Zatz on

FCA is recalling around 7,800 Jeep Renegades in the United States, around half of which have not yet been sold, to prevent hacking of their radios.  An upgrade to the 6.5 inch touchscreen stereos will block remote access to certain systems. Customers can get a USB device, download software from the UConnect web site, or get their dealer to do the work starting on September 5, without charge.

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FCA is unaware of any related complaints, warranty claims or accidents; there has only been a media demonstration so far. The company said it had created a team to improve software development and integration, and noted, “The software manipulation addressed by this recall required unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle, and extended periods of time to write code.”

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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