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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Bikers stole 150 Jeeps with hacked keys

The article only talks about the Wrangler, but I'm sure it could be done to the Cherokee. Another security update will be inbound I bet.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 04:40 PM
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Kind of a misleading title. Unfortunately, any vehicle is vulnerable to this kind of attack. The thieves somehow gained access to dealerconnect which allows them access to the tumbler code. additionally, a laptop with the login to WiTech is required to program the key. the tl;dr version is that they got an FCA dealership employee's login (probably a parts or service employee) and used it to make a new key for the car. no real update can fix this. you could do the same with a kia, mercedes, chevrolet, honda, etc. with the right access.
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Sad, sad, sad!

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 04:47 PM
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agreed this wasn't really a "hack" but more of a security breach....

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 05:22 PM
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The only hack involved here is the reporting lol.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 05:47 PM
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So for this old timer, "hacking" has changed from using a hack saw to steal to "misusing a computer" to steal. Both are equally wrong, just bigger hauls for the modern "hacker" and hopefully longer jail time if caught.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 06:24 PM
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Wranglers have an assigned Key Code and PIN. KL's PIN is only good for 24 hours after retrieving from Dealer Connect. I would not be concerned.
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