Last year, a couple of hackers exposed a serious security flaw with the Jeep Cherokee, forcing the company to recall some 1.4 million units to rectify the issue.
Well, they are back at it and have managed to bypass the improved security measures employed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to gain control over a selection of key driving functions.
Thanks to the hacking expertise of Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, the two were able to gain control of the Cherokee’s cruise control and steering, while it is travelling at any speed. To do so, the two had to plug a laptop into the vehicle’s electronic network.
While alarming, this hack isn’t quite as dangerous as the previous one which was achieved remotely.
Just last month, FCA announced up to $1,500 in exchange for people exposing software vulnerabilities in its cars. However, the company claims that the Cherokee used by Miller and Valasek wasn’t running the latest firmware – if it were, the hack wouldn’t have been possible, shooting down any possibility of the two receiving the cash.
Can’t wait to see their response to that. Do you feel lucky, Jeep? Well, do ya?