If you drive a Fiat Chrysler sport utility vehicle (SUV), you may want to check to see if your vehicle is one of the almost 8,000 vehicles recalled this week after discovery of a software flaw that may expose the vehicle to security vulnerabilities and potentially allow easy access for hackers to the vehicle’s software systems. Fiat Chrysler reported that the recall involves 7,810 2015 Jeep Renegade SUVs with touchscreens. We had previously reported the recall of over 1.4 million Dodge, Ram, and Jeep vehicles back in July due to the same software hacking vulnerabilities.
All those Fiat Chrysler drivers affected by this recall will receive a USB that can be used to update the software and provide additional security features to better protect the vehicle from hackers. Fiat Chrysler said, “No defect has been found,” but it “is conducting this campaign out of an abundance of caution.” The company also said that “the software manipulation addressed by this recall required unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle and extended periods of time to write code.” Surely, this recall exemplifies some of the security concerns we may have as the internet of things continues to grow.