JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
As technology and more specifically connectivity becomes more and more a part of our daily lives the ability to keep ourselves safe from security risks becomes more important than ever, especially in our vehicles.
We are now a self driving, always connected world and although we haven't seen to many issues just yet, it seems like the automakers that lure customers in with great technology aren't really doing their part to secure it, until now.
The worst scenario would be someone hacking into a self driving and taking over its controls causing some horrific tragedy, a very obvious need for security, right? What we don't often think about are things like ID theft or the ability to access passwords and account numbers because of our connectivity in our vehicles. Cyber security is one of the most important issues we deal with daily in our lives, and I'm glad to see FCA is jumping in to help.
Chrysler is paying anywhere from $150 to $1500 bucks for an exposed bug in their software brought to their attention through The Bug Bounty Program, managed by Bug Crowd (a crowd sourced cyber-security company). The idea is simple and brilliant. Reward the public for helping build a better, more secure product. "White Hat" hackers (the good guys) find and bring bugs in the system to the knowledge of FCA so they can address them as quickly as possible. That in turn will help educate the FCA crew, but also fast track a better, safer product to the consumer.
Another great move by FCA.
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