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Some cars vulnerable to cyber hacking

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

More than a million Fiat-Chrysler cars have been recalled because investigators discovered some cars are easy targets for hackers to take over the car, even while driving.

These are the list of cars at risk:

2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles

2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups

2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs

2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs

2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs

2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans

2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes

 
WTOC spoke to local cyber security experts today who had some good news, it is unlikely the average person could hack one of these at-risk cars. However it's just one more way for your safety to be compromised.

If we weren't already worried about our emails and credit cards, now we have to worry about our cars.
 

"A lot of different things or devices can be connected to the internet in ways they never were before,”
said Frank Katz, professor at Armstrong State University.

Katz teaches cyber security classes and says while drivers should be concerned, don't panic yet.


"If you're going to steal a car, you're not going to go through that kind of effort to do it,”
said Katz.

Every car is now wired with computer systems and investigators discovered one of the latest Jeep models could be hacked while someone is driving it, meaning the driver could lose total control of the car.

And while nothing like that has happened in Savannah, it is possible thieves can still use technology against us. Katz says even if your car door is locked, it may be vulnerable if your key fob shares a frequency with another car.

"That could be a concern but generally speaking, they try and keep them separate,”
said Katz.

He says manufactures try to stay ahead of the curve with their security systems but it may not be enough,  he says car manufactures need to be protecting you and your car with layered security.

"You put enough walls between the outside world and what you're trying to protect then at some point the hacker is going to give up,”
said Katz.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say the majority of our car-related crimes continue to be because people leave their cars unlocked or a spare key inside.
 

This year, 619 car thefts were reported compared to 415 last year. There have been 1,239 thefts from cars this year, compared to 1,100 last year.

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