Fiat Chrysler today announced a recall of 1.4 Million vehicles to prevent them from being taking over by hackers. This might be the first industry recall due to hacking but is a very serious problem as we found out earlier this week.
The voluntary safety recall will update the software in the UConnect, infotainment system, to “help prevent” hackers from gaining access to the vehicles transmission, brake system, radio, ac, and even steering wheel while the driver has no clue what’s going on.
The hack that happened earlier this week was an event where two hackers were able to break into the UConnect system over the Internet of a vehicle and cause it to veer off the road.
“Launching a recall is the right step to protect Fiat Chrysler’s customers and it sets an important precedent for how NHTSA and the industry will respond to cyber security vulnerabilities,” NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said in a statement.
As cars on the road become smarter and things such as our vehicle become connected to the always online Internet, hackers will continue to find ways to break-in steal and cause havoc. Things could be worse if hackers were able to find a way to massively exploit such systems and cause simultaneous accidents all over the world.