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Hackers take control of moving vehicles – is yours vulnerable? (Video)

FILE - In this file photo taken Fed. 2, 2001, rows of 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokees are lined up outside the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website Thursday June 14, 2012 that it has added Jeep Liberty and Cherokee SUVs to the investigation. The probe now covers 5.1 million vehicles. The agency says 15 people have died in 26 Grand Cherokee fires. The investigation affects 1993 to 2004 Grand Cherokees. Also covered are 1993-2001 Cherokees and 2002-2007 Liberty's. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

By Al Sunshine, Consumer Investigator, Special to SouthFloridaReporter.com, July 24, 2015 – What I first reported years ago is now a reality: “Smart” Auto Computers connected thru remote wireless systems can be taken over remotely by hackers while you’re still behind the wheel. It’s been possible for almost any vehicle using wireless technology, it’s been a quiet “inside secret” till it couldn’t be kept quiet by the manufacturers anymore. Gotta Jeep? Might wanna “phone home” to your local dealer to see if your Jeep can be remotely shut off by a hacker miles away in the middle of you driving it.

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Video courtesy NBCNews/Today show. Story originally aired on July 21, 2015

Al Sunshine is a South Florida-based Broadcast and Digital Journalist whose career has spanned more than 40 years at the local and national levels. His award-winning investigations have triggered more than a dozen state and local consumer protection laws and his work’s been cited in Congressional Testimony before the U-S House of Representatives. He is best known for his “Shame On You” features for CBS Miami which sought to expose businesses, agencies and individuals defrauding or deceiving consumers, as well as endangering the safety and welfare of the general public. In 2013 Al retired from CBS Miami to set up his own Digital News Business, “Sunshine News, LLC” and Al continues to blog for the Radio, Television, Digital News Association, sponsors of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards”. An avid environmentalist, Al is one of the founding members of the “Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition”. The Florida Non-Profit is fighting to save and restore the last 2% of Pine Rocklands found only in South Florida and nowhere else in the continental United States. Al was recently elected its President.