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Uber pulls up to the bumper, plonks Jeep hackers into driving seat

Make driver-free cars more secure? Good luck with that!

By Kelly Fiveash, 29 Aug 2015

Uber has hired two security researchers as it shifts gears on its biz strategy with plans to develop driver-free cars.

The cab app outfit has poached Twitter's Charlie Miller and IOActive's Chris Valasek.

Those names may sound familiar to readers. That's because they're the chaps who recently demonstrated just how easy it was to launch a hack attack on a Jeep Cherokee, enabling the remote control of the car's engine, brakes and minor systems from miles away simply by knowing the car's public IP address.

The duo will be tasked with working with Uber's top infosec bods "to continue building out a world-class safety and security program" at the firm, according to Reuters, which quoted a company spokesbeing. ®

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