Fiat-Chrysler recalls nearly 8,000 SUVs amid continuing hacking concerns

Move follows last month’s 1.4m-vehicle recall following hackers’ demo

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Fiat-Chrysler recalls nearly 8,000 SUVs amid continuing hacking concerns The latest recall is minor compared with last month’s 1.4m vehicles. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 6, 2015

Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will recall 7,810 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the US to patch software vulnerabilities in the vehicles' radio system that are feared to leave the cars open to cyber-attacks, Reuters reported.

The latest recall is minor compared with last month's 1.4m vehicles, following a demonstration by two American hackers of the extent to which they could gain access to certain models over the Internet. The duo managed to control air-conditioning, stereo, windscreen wipers, brakes and engine from 10 miles away, during a test in which a Wired journalist volunteered to be behind the wheel of the target vehicle.

FCA insists it is not aware of any injuries resulting from the exploitation of the software flaws, which lie in the radio system supplied by a third-party telecoms provider.

A Dubai-based FCA Middle East spokesperson last month told ITP.net that regional versions of the recalled models were unaffected by the software vulnerability.

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