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Chrysler Is Sending 1.4M Customers a USB Key Because a Jeep Got Hacked

We're in the future now, right?
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Chrysler is sending a USB key containing a security patch to the owners of 1.4 million vehicles after security researchers demonstrated that Jeep Cherokees can be hacked remotely.

The affected Chrysler models include Jeeps, Dodges, and Rams, NBC News reported this morning.

Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Vasalek took Wired reporter Andy Greenberg on the ride of his life earlier this week when they wirelessly hacked a Jeep using an exploit that targeted the car's entertainment system. The researchers proceeded to put Greenberg through the wringer. For example, they killed his vehicle in the middle of a road while an 18 wheeler bore down on him.

The exploit, which the researchers say they will release in the coming months, was a stark reminder that the internet of things—when cars, toasters, and your sex toys are all plugged in to the internet—has the potential to be a huge security mess.

It looks like Chrysler has acknowledged this risk with the recall because, really, the only thing more tantalizingly hackable than a car that I can think of is the Domino's online delivery form.