Chrysler offers new software update to prevent vehicle hacking - WNEM TV 5

Chrysler offers new software update to prevent vehicle hacking

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Brianna Owczarzak who works here at TV5 is like most drivers. She wants to get from point A to point B as safely as possible.

"It's quite terrifying," Owczarzak said.

But a new hack potentially impacting her Chrysler has her thinking twice.

"I discovered my car is vulnerable to cyber hackers. And somebody can actually take control of my car while I'm driving it," Owczarzak said.

Owczarzak's not alone.

An estimated 471,000 vehicles share that vulnerability with her. It all goes back to a particular software inside – the U-Connect feature built into the car's entertainment system.

It was a feature Owczarzak said she thought would actually make her drive safer.

"I'm always on my cell phone, so I was looking for a car where I could be hands free,” Owczarzak said. The car reads me my text messages, I can download an app where I can talk to my car and it will send text messages for me."

But fortunately, there's now a solution.

The first step you need to take if you think your vehicle is impacted is go to the U-Connect website and see if your specific model is one of the ones being affected by the hack, and then take your vehicle to the dealership to get the fix.

Owczarzak said that's her next stop.

"I'm going to contact them, and see when I can get my car in to get that so it doesn't happen to me," Owczarzak said.

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