Is Your Ram Pickup Vulnerable to Hacking?


As pickup trucks become more connected to the internet, sophisticated (and not very nice) hackers could connect to them and take control of things like the radio, the windshield wipers and even the steering. That's what happened recently when two security specialists found a way to access the Uconnect system in a Jeep Cherokee.

As sibling website reported, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller hacked into a 2014 Cherokee and messed with the vehicle's internal systems; they even shut it down. The duo had been working with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for several months to help fix the problem for which FCA has issued a patch. Owners can install the fix at home by downloading the update via a USB drive at the Uconnect site or by visiting their local dealer.

FCA also released a list of affected vehicles; we've listed the affected pickup trucks below.

The outcome of this revelation is likely to mean lawmakers will get more involved with automakers under the auspices of national and cyber security. The privacy of vehicle data — be it who owns the vehicle's black box or who might be able to hack into a vehicle — long has been an important issue for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration so it's likely we can expect either voluntary or mandatory recall notices to come. Additionally, you can expect other truckmakers to be checking their systems and updating security software as well. 

Affected Ram pickups with the 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen multimedia system:

  • 2013-2014 Ram 1500/2500/3500
  • 2013-2014 Ram 3500/4500/5500 chassis cab

For more information, contact FCA at 877-855-8400.

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