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Jeep vehicles affected by cyber hacking

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Jeff Guilbert works at TV-5.

He was shocked to discover that the Jeep he drives every day could be controlled and taken over by computer hackers.

He found out about it when he received a recall notice Monday.

"You don't think of the computer running your vehicle like that. More and more it is, and it was a total surprise," Guilbert said.

Chrysler has recalled nearly one and a half million vehicles because of the hack, which targets a weakness in the security of their U-Connect software built into the vehicle.

Automotive industry experts said it's a concern that needs to be taken seriously.

Drivers have started getting recall notices since Sept. 21. The problem was first uncovered in July.

In fact, that is when TV5 first told you about it. The I-Team discovered it's not uncommon for recall notices to be delayed for weeks, sometimes months after a defect is uncovered.

"I'm going to bring it in. I haven't had the opportunity yet, but I'm going to. I do a lot of driving so I think it's imperative that I get it in," Guilbert said.

Some are even receiving a software fix themselves, something you can do right at home.

Guilbert said he'll leave it to the professionals.

"I got it, and I said what am I going to do with this? I just didn't feel like that was a good solution. I'm not that confident," Guilbert said.

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