Fiat-Chrysler recalls 1.4M Vehicles to Prevent Hacking

Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers detailed how they were able to take control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet.

The company will update software to insulate the vehicles from being remotely controlled, and it implied that the hackers committed a crime, saying in a statement Friday that unauthorized remote manipulation of a vehicle is a criminal act.

Using the Internet to Remotely Control, then KIll Automobile Smart Technology

More news on wide=spectrum hacking and the vulnerabilities of smart technology use by the automotive industry and the growing sophistication of hackers in presented in a recent article in Fox News Online and Wired magazine.

“Fiat Chrysler last week quietly issued a software patch for critical security vulnerabilities related to its “Uconnect” vehicle-connectivity system. The vulnerabilities were dramatically detailed in a Wired story that was posted Tuesday.

Two “white hat” hackers remotely connected to a Jeep Cherokee as a reporter drove it down a Missouri freeway. They made the radio blast at full volume and turned on the windshield wipers, but also cut off the transmission as a truck approached and, later, disconnected the brakes, sending the Cherokee into a ditch.

Owners of 2013, 2014 and 2015 models of Chrysler vehicles can download the new software update onto a USB stick, which then can be plugged into the car. Chrysler dealers will also install the update for free…”

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International Law Enforcement Ops Shut Down Darkode Malware Marketplace

“Investigators shut down an online marketplace where cybercriminals bought and sold hacked databases, malicious software and other products that could cripple or steal information from computer systems, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

More than 70 cybercriminals in the United States and 19 other countries are targets of the investigation, authorities said. Some of them have been charged, while others were the subject of search warrants because some countries require evidence to be seized before criminal charges can be filed, investigators said.

The site, called Darkode, was the largest-known English-language malware forum in the world, authorities said. Darkode is responsible for hundreds of millions in financial losses, the FBI said. The scale of the investigation, which involved 20 countries, was unprecedented…”

The full story is available at:

FBI Offers $4.3 Million Reward for Cybercrime’s Most-Wanted!

Have you seen any of these men?  One of the first indications of bounty on the heads of cyber’s most-wanted group of individuals.  This really raises the awareness bar on activities in the cybercrime world; especially when law enforcement begins to put a face with a name.  See the photographs, charges, aliases, and the like of the most=wanted on the main FBI website.

Read the detailed story on the Dark Reading site:

“Big prize still going to whomever can help find Gameover ZeuS mastermind.  The FBI’s updated Cyber Most Wanted List now includes 15 men (no women). The Bureau is still not offering monetary rewards for information leading to the arrests of five members of the People’s Republic of China’s People’s Liberation Army who remain on the list. However, they are offering bounties for most others, which add up to over $4.3 million…”—threats/fbi-offering-$43-million-for-help-finding-cyber-most-wanted/d/d-id/1321181