Remote Hacking Fears Force Fiat Chrysler to Recall 1.4 Million Autos

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Today's topics include a recall of 1.4 million Fiat Chrysler automobiles cars and trucks due to a software flaw, software-defined networking advocates are gathering at the OpenDaylight Summit to discuss progress, a report on the top four cloud computing companies, and new liquid-cooled servers from Fujitsu.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 1.4 million cars and trucks to fix a software flaw that could enable an attacker to remotely take control of a vehicle.

The recall follows days of intense scrutiny after a media video report showed a pair of security researchers taking remote control of a 2014 Jeep on the highway and running it into a ditch.

Chris Valasek, director of vehicle security research at IOactive, and Charlie Miller, security researcher at Twitter, are the two researchers who were able to hack the Jeep remotely. They are scheduled to provide full details of their exploit at a Black Hat USA session on Aug. 5.

Networking professionals gathering in Santa Clara, Calif., for the second OpenDaylight Summit July 27 to 31 will get a look at how far the software-defined networking (SDN) platform has grown and matured—and how far it has yet to go.

In terms of growth, OpenDaylight's third release, Lithium, which came out last month, is comprised of 42 projects, about twice as many as the Helium release and up from 13 in the original Hydrogen release.

New second-quarter 2015 data from Synergy Research Group released July 24 finds that the big four cloud services companies—Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM and Google—as a group control well over half the worldwide cloud infrastructure service market.

Their combined market share reached 54 percent in the latest quarter, compared with 46 percent in Q2 2014 and 41 percent in Q2 2013.

Fujitsu is introducing liquid-cooled servers that officials say will reducing cooling costs by 50 percent and increase data center density by up to five times for such large-scale environments as high-performance computing.

The company last week unveiled the Primergy CX400 M1 and its cluster nodes that make up the company's Cool-Central Liquid Cooling systems, which were developed in conjunction with Asetek, a company based in Denmark that makes liquid-cooling technologies for data centers, servers and PCs.


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