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Jul 21, 2016

DANGEROUS HACKERS * USA: Truckmakers issues

* Michigan - Car and truck manufacturers look to confront cybersecurity issues

--- As manufacturers pack cars and trucks with electronics and wireless connections, security experts are increasingly worried about the potential for hackers to take control of vehicles... Already, hackers have demonstrated how they can take control of a Jeep Cherokee and drive it into a ditch... Police in Houston are investigating a series of unsolved vehicle robberies that may be the work of hackers... The hacking of the Jeep Cherokee forced Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall over 1.4 million vehicles using its Uconnect infotainment system... Nissan, meanwhile, had to disable a smartphone app developed for its Leaf battery-electric vehicle because hackers could gain personal information and possibly control some vehicle functions, such as charging... Automakers are looking for ways to get a step ahead of cybercriminals, in some cases turning to “white hat” hackers... Fiat Chrysler Automobiles last week announced it was partnering with Bugcrowd, a San Francisco-based start-up that claims to crowdsource cybersecurity solutions by turning to a network of 32,000 hackers. FCA will offer a “bug bounty” of up to $1,500 to anyone who can identify a potential vehicle “vulnerability” ... 
(Photo Taranfx/Flickr - Secured hacked green screen)   --  Detroit, MICH, USA - Trucks.com, by PAUL A. EISENSTEIN - July 20, 2016

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