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Old 02-08-2015, 10:07 AM
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Re: Trailhawk starts by itself -- UConnect Hack?

@BPilgram - Thanks for the heads up on this matter.

One of the easiest hacks is guessing weak passwords. With all the private data breaches lately at large retailers (e.g. Home Depot, Target, etc.) a lot of our names and email addresses are out there and available to hackers. It's relatively easy to get VIN and owner name relationships from public records. Connect those dots and all that's necessary are free kiddy tools on the internet (e.g. dictionary attack) to crack weak passwords.

Might be a good idea to set up a new unique email address for Uconnnect. Most email services allow for multiple email addresses at no additional cost. Then use a strong password. Password managers like LastPass make it easy to use the strongest passwords without having to remember them.

Not saying Uconnect doesn't have a security problem. But there are other possible security weaknesses too.

On the old news about hacking into cars, what was demonstrated was a hardware attack. They had physical access to the car. So if someone finds wires hanging from their Uconnect head unit or whatever, there might be a problem.

Today's hackers are typically in it for the money. Don't see any revenue advantage in hacking people's cars to remote start them. I'd be suspicious of people I know if this happened to me. TNO (trust no one).

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The starting problem has not re-occurred, which makes me think it is not a mechanical issue, but a hacking instance.

Since I'd never used the UConnect internet features, the whole experience has been weird. I'm probably the only person on the planet who does not own a smartphone or text. When I called Chrysler they told me that they had several customers that day who received texts about remote starting.

From what I've read, hacking is not somebody living in their Mom's basement guessing passwords, but usually a disgruntled employee who gives unauthorized access to the corporate network/database where sensitive info is stored. That's what I understand happened with the Sony-North Korea hack. Likewise, the NSA documents were released by a disgruntled contractor (Edward Snowden) who copied the documents on a thumb drive. I guess security is only as good as a firm's least happy programmer even in the most sophisticated organization.

Needless to say, I won't be renewing my UConnect subscription when the trial ends this month. Other than this, I've had zero issues with the vehicle and love it.

Senator Edward Markey has made the news lately on this issue, with a focus on privacy and the security of customer data gathered and maintained by automakers. His staff did a report ''Tracking and Hacking" Here's a news report from CNN/Money

Automakers don't protect you enough from car hackers, senator says - Feb. 9, 2015
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Re: Trailhawk starts by itself -- UConnect Hack?

Not completely on point, but I was having a problem on cold nights where my Latitude headlights would go on and door locks would unlock randomly in the middle of the night (cold nights only). This would continue for hours until I disabled all of the autolock and autostart options on the settings menu.

I brought it into the dealer and they said they were unable to reproduce the problem but changed the headlight switch. I have not noticed the problem again.
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