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Famed hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are joining Cruise after leaving Didi and Uber

Miller left Didi after just four months.

A semi-autonomous GM Chevy Bolt on a road.
GM’s Cruise self-driving car

Noted security experts Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek — famed for remotely hacking a Jeep — are joining Cruise, GM’s self-driving car company.

The two had separated briefly when Miller left Uber to join rival Didi’s new self-driving lab in California.

Miller announced today that he was leaving Didi after just four months.

Valasek is leaving Uber, where he heads up security technology for the ride-hail player’s self-driving cars, sources familiar with the matter told Recode.

Uber confirmed his departure.

“We thank Chris for his contributions to Uber and wish him all the best in his next endeavor,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.

The duo joined Uber in August 2015, mere months after the ride-hail company poached a slew of top engineers from Carnegie Mellon University.

Valasek tweeted that he and Miller will be heading up Cruise’s security team.

“One of the best ways to build secure systems is to bring on the people who are best at defeating them, and Charlie and Chris are some of the best in the world,” Cruise said in a statement. “Protecting the safety and security of our customers is of utmost importance."

Update: This story was updated to include a comment from Cruise.

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