Following the recall of 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler cars and trucks due to the hacking fears in the car’s radios, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun an investigation to monitor the recall. The move comes after Wired magazine revealed that Jeep Cherokee could be hacked remotely.
Cyber security researchers demonstrated the vulnerability by gaining access into the Harman car radio in Cherokee SUV, and were able to control it online. However, Fiat said it had fixed the problem in the vehicles by securing the telephone network, to avoid similar attacks in the future, and issued a voluntary recall. But, the NHTSA is now investigating the issue to determine whether other radios in other car variants are at the risk of hacking attacks.
Mark Rosekind, who was appointed administrator of NHTSA in December stated that launching a recall is the right step to protect fiat Chrysler’s customers and its sets an important precedent for how NHTSA and the industry will respond to cyber-security vulnerabilities.
Rosekind on Friday said that the agency has notified FCA to quickly issue recall,notices and improve software security.Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass said that a safe and fully equipped vehicle should be one that is equipped to protect drivers from hackers and thieves.
FCA spokesperson Gualberto Ranieri said in a blog post that there has not been a single real world incident of an unlawful or unauthorized remote hack into any FCA vehicle. After issuing the recall on Friday, FCA announce that it has developed network-level security measures designed to prevent the type of remote manipulation demonstrated in a media report.
Customers will not have to take the vehicles to the dealers as they will receive a USB drive that will update the software. The cars and trucks affected in the recall are built-in with 8.4-inch touchscreens.