Chinese Hackers Compromise Tesla Model S, Honk Horn, Unlock Doors, Flash Headlights

It looks like Tesla has a few security vulnerabilities to address. That much became evident after Chinese hackers participating in a hacking competition at the annual Syscan conference in Beijing took advantage of a vulnerability in a Tesla Model S electric car that allowed them to honk the horn, unlock the doors, and flash the headlights, all while it was being driven.

While Tesla didn't officially support the competition, it welcomed the challenge and promised to fix any "legitimate vulnerability" the hackers might find, The Telegraph reports. Details of the vulnerability haven't been made public, though the functions the hackers took advantage of are the same ones offered through Tesla's smartphone app. Through the app, which connects via Bluetooth, drivers can honk the horn, lock and unlock doors, turn the headlights on and off, open the sunroof, and more.

Tesla Model S Charging

It seems the hackers most likely were able to exploit the app, which would give them access to GPS tracking, air conditioning, and other functions. The most recent version of the app -- v1.2.2 -- was released on June 6. It's been Tesla's hope that if the Chinese hackers discovered a vulnerability, they would share the information with Tesla so that it could address the issue(s) before releasing the information to the public.

So far, there are no hard feelings -- Tesla said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune that even though it didn't sponsor the competition, it supports "the idea of providing an environment in which responsible security researchers can help identify potential vulnerabilities. We hope that the security researchers will act responsibly and in good faith."
Via:  The Telegraph
Comments
ThomasTaege 5 months ago

Security is huge on electronics, especially a car!

AtomicCow 5 months ago

Any links to where the vulnerability was? I also wonder from how far you'd be able to mess with a car with one of those hacks.

AllenJun 5 months ago

I thought they were giving away money for being able to hack it. I guess I misread an article. Great that they were given this info so they can patch it.

RyanLaberinto 5 months ago

Its scary to see that more things are to be easily controlled just by a phone. So much risk but is it really worth it just to be able to do simple things on your phone when you can just get up and do it yourself?

CoreyNutter 5 months ago

don't forget the Malaysian plane they hacked and crashed...

thabusdriv3r 5 months ago

I knew one day someone would be able to hack those Push-To-Start vehicles. It was bound to happen. I like my old-fashioned unlock my door and start my car with a key. Once people are able to hack your vehicles, and it automatically does something dangerous, say run someone over or total itself, is that covered by your insurance?

RockJohnsonRey 5 months ago

add me

NickCastelluzzi 5 months ago

oh god, its watch dogs irl

inspector 5 months ago

Well as stuff advance, hackers will too and it can become really dangerous. Wonder what they can do with automated cars...

KyrillVerbytskyy 5 months ago

old news

MADSKILLZ412 4 months ago

This is Hilarious. It's like they played watch dogs and wanted to do that in real life... xD

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