AUBURN HILLS — FCA US LLC, the American arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has launched a “bug bounty” financial reward system for the discovery of potential vehicle cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
Individuals will be paid up to a $1,500 bounty per bug discovered, depending on its impact and severity.
FCA also named the crowdsourced security testing firm Bugcrowd Inc. to manage the program.
For a video on how Bugcrowd works, visit https://youtu.be/LEyYDwXJDMc.
“There are a lot of people that like to tinker with their vehicles or tinker with IT systems,” said Titus Melnyk, senior manager of security architecture, FCA US LLC. “We want to encourage independent security researchers to reach out to us and share what they’ve found so that we can fix potential vulnerabilities before they’re an issue for our consumers.”
The FCA US bug bounty program may be found at https://bugcrowd.com/fca.
FCA officials said the new Bugcrowd program gives them the ability to identify potential product security vulnerabilities, implement fixes after sufficient testing has occurred; improve the safety and security of FCA US vehicles and connected services; and foster a spirit of transparency and cooperation within the cybersecurity community.
“Exposing or publicizing vulnerabilities for the singular purpose of grabbing headlines or fame does little to protect the consumer,” Melnyk said. “Rather, we want to reward security researchers for the time and effort, which ultimately benefits us all.”
“Automotive cybersafety is real, critical, and here to stay,” Bugcrowd CEO and founder Casey Ellis said. “Car manufacturers have the opportunity to engage the community of hackers that is already at the table and ready to help, and FCA US is the first full-line automaker to optimize that relationship through its paid bounty program. The consumer is starting to understand that these days the car is basically a two ton computer. FCA US customers are the real winners of this bounty program; they’re receiving an even safer and more secure product both now and into the future.”
FCA US may make research findings public, based upon the nature of the potential vulnerability identified and the scope of impacted users, if any.
Last year, FCA US said it contacted customers about a potential vulnerability associated with certain radios, and provided the software update and permanently closed remote access to the open port on the radio, eliminating the risk of any long-range remote hacking, all before issuing a recall.