Chrysler's hacking problems have hit the 2015 Jeep Renegade, which is the latest model to be recalled for possible security vulnerabilities.
About 8,000 Renegades are equipped with radios that have software holes that can allow third-party access to certain networked vehicle control systems.
In July, the company recalled 1.4 million vehicles after a Wired reporter had his Jeep Cherokee SUV taken over by a pair of hackers located 10 miles away. Using research supplied by the hackers, Chrysler developed a patch, and notified owners of the problem. It wasn't until the article was published, however, that Chrysler issued a full recall.
Chrysler will notify all affected owners, but has not yet provided a notification schedule. The company will mail owners a USB drive that includes a software update that eliminates the vulnerability, free of charge. Optionally, owners may download the update to their own USB drive from http://www.driveuconnect.com/software-update or take their vehicle to a Chrysler dealer for immediate installation.
In an effort to mitigate the effects of this security vulnerability, Chrysler has had the wireless service provider close the open cellular connection to the vehicle that provided unauthorized access to the network. This measure may not have been implemented on all vehicles and does not address access by other means that will be remedied by the software update.
For more information, owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.
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