Chrysler announces voluntary recall in wake of car hack

Cyber hacking into automobiles is no longer the stuff of science fiction movies. Last week, Chrysler announced that it is recalling 1.4 million Dodge, Ram and Jeep vehicles to fix software vulnerabilities exploitable by hackers, noting the recent media demonstration of a car hack. While indicating that it is unaware of any specific cyber hacks of its vehicles or any injuries related to the software exploitation, Chrysler is issuing new security software to protect against such actions. Given the increased sophistication of computer systems that control vehicles, the collection of certain operator data and geo-location, and integrated wireless technology, auto cyber hacking is yet a new frontier for both privacy breach and malicious behavior. As we reported, Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have introduced the “Security and Privacy in Your Car Act (“SPY Act”) that would direct the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to develop safety and privacy standards for automobiles.