Jeep Cherokee Hacked Again


Cybersecurity researchers share their findings at the Black Hat conference

Two cybersecurity researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who hacked Jeep Cherokee last year, have demonstrated yet another hack of the vehicle, taking almost complete control of the car. Unlike their previous hack, which was executed remotely, the new hack requires physical access to the car.

Miller and Valasek plugged in their laptops to the OBD (the diagnostic port of the car) and gained control of almost every feature that can be controlled via computer. Once they were connected to the car, they updated the firmware for ECU (electronic control unit) and enabled certain features that were disabled for security reasons. This allowed them to take control of the steering wheel, even when the car was not in reverse mode or if it was driven at any speed. They were also able to apply the parking brake and change cruise control settings.

In a statement to Wired, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) said, "While we admire their creativity, it appears that the researchers have not identified any new remote way to compromise a 2014 Jeep Cherokee or other FCA US vehicles."

Although this hack did require physical access to the car, it does demonstrate a potential for hacking cars through the OBD dongles that are offered by insurance companies. It also demonstrates that eventually someone may find a remote hack to gain access to these controls.

FCA further added, “It is highly unlikely that this exploit could be possible … if the vehicle software were still at the latest level.” Miller and Valasek disputed the company’s claim and stated this hack has nothing to do with the infotainment system that was patched by the company.

Miller and Valasek shared the findings of their research at the Black Hat security conference on August 3-4.

Miller and Valasek entered the limelight a year ago when they remotely hacked a Jeep Cherokee. The duo was able to disable the transmission and brakes of the car while it was driven by a Wired reporter on the road. They were also able to take control of the steering wheel while the car was in reverse or parallel parking mode. Post hack, the duo was hired to work at Uber’s Advanced Technology Center in Pittsburgh.


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