Fiat Chrysler has issued a safety recall of 1.4m vehicles in the United States, after security researchers managed to hack one of the vehicles through its Uconnect system.

The voluntary recall has been announced in order to update the software in the affected vehicles, which include:

  • jeep2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles
  • 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
  • 2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs
  • 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs
  • 2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs
  • 2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes

A spokesperson for the Fiat Chrysler organisation informed the BBC that no vehicles sold in the United Kingdom were affected.

Fiat Chrysler commented that exploiting the flaw “required unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle and extended periods of time to write code” and added that manipulating its software “constitutes criminal action”.

The company continued to say that it was “unaware of any injuries related to software exploitation”.

Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek identified and demonstrated the flaw in the Fiat Chrysler system. The duo are expected to reveal more information about their work at the upcoming Def Con hacker conference.

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