Fiat Chrysler will pay you $1500 if you can do this one thing to its cars – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Friday, July 15, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will begin to reward hackers who expose deficiencies in its car’s software, the company announced Wednesday.

Using BugCrowd, a platform that connects researchers to firms looking to eliminate technical defects, FCA will award hackers up to $1,500 for reporting vulnerabilities in its so-called “bug bounty” program.

“This is really the next level of automotive cybersafety,” BugCrowd Chief Executive Casey Ellis said in an interview. He also called the move “historic” because of Chrysler’s worldwide scale.

The move comes almost a year after security researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller remotely hacked into a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a vehicle made by Fiat Chrysler, from their keyboards while the vehicle was being driven 70 mph on the highway. Their hack turned the steering wheel, briefly disabled the brakes and shut down the engine.

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