Watch a striking video of a couple of hackers taking remote control over a Jeep Cherokee and then killing the vehicle’s engine while it’s stirring down on a highway in St. Louis, Missouri, US.
A short video portraying the flaws in the Uconnect software system released by Fiat Chrysler has the Internet going crazy. The video portrays Andy Greenberg, a reported for Wired, who is sitting behind the Jeep’s wheel while being exposed to the attack of two security experts – Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller. Valasek and Miller hack into the Uconnect software installed on the Jeep’s system and gain full remote access over the vehicle. At first the hackers do completely harmless tricks. They place a photograph of themselves on the digital screen in the car. Then they play around with the air conditioner. Then they start messing around with the stereo system. And that’s when everything goes completely out of hands.
As Greenberg is seen driving down the highway the two guys start messing around with the Cherokee’s front window wipers and the cleaning solution. The driver can’t see anything through the window, but the hackers don’t stop there. Valasek and Miller decide to take control over the stirring wheel and start swiveling the car side to side. They also lock the breaks so that Greenberg can’t do anything at all. And then finally, the two hackers kill the engine while Greenberg is still on the highway!
The whole idea behind the project was to show to the rest of the world that the Uconnect software has serious issues when it comes to security breaches. The hackers wanted to prove that they can attack a vehicle using the software’s loopholes remotely and that these loopholes can become life-threatening for any driver out there. The Uconnect officials have made an official statement regarding this issue. The company claims that they have released an update, which has fixed these problems.