How Hackers Hijacked a Car’s Transmission

As more and more technology is integrated into our belongings, like our cars, the prospect of a security breach becomes even scarier. Earlier this week, two hackers were able to hack the 2014 Jeep Cherokee of a Wired magazine writer. The hackers went as far as turning off the car’s transmission.

The event was embarrassing at best and worrisome at worst, especially for owners of the same jeep and for the Jeep’s Parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

While those issues are troubling in themselves, they aren’t the end of it. A blog post from FCA last Wednesday revealed that the FCA was aware of the situation prior to the event. In fact, they had been working with the hackers, identified as Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, for almost a year. This is according to a blog post by Gualberto Ranieri, FCA vice president of communications.

Working with hackers can be a double edged word. While hackers can allow for deeper insights into the security flaws of a product, the same exploits discovered could be ground for consumers to complain that the FCA should have brought the issue directly to the police.

Whether the risks are worth the payoff, only time can tell.