Privacy News Tesla model S hacked from 12 miles away


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Jul 22, 2014
Security experts from Chinese security firm Tencent Keen Security Lab have hacked a Tesla Model S from afar, taking control over a variety of car functions, including its ability to break.

The research team revealed its findings on the company's blog yesterday, accompanied by a video demonstration. They also notified Tesla in advance, via the company's bug bounty program, and the automaker has addressed all issues via a firmware update to its cars.

Researchers achieved this level of access by chaining different vulnerabilities together that allowed them to interact with the car's CAN Bus, the vehicle's central management component.Hacks work on stationary and moving vehicles alikeThe hacks work even from remote locations, as far as 12 miles (20 km) away. The Chinese hackers were able to control a stationary car's lights, windows, car seats, sunroof panel, and in-vehicle displays.

With the car in motion, the researchers were able to force the car to brake, open its trunk, adjust side-view mirrors, and activate the windshield wipers.

Researchers hacked a Tesla Model S 75D, but they said other models could be vulnerable as well.

"As far as we know, this is the first case of remote attack which compromises CAN Bus to achieve remote controls on Tesla cars," researchers said. "We have verified the attack vector on multiple varieties of Tesla Model S. It is reasonable to assume that other Tesla models are affected."Tesla addressed all issues via a firmware updateTesla delivers over-the-air firmware updates, and as long as vehicle owners agreed to update their car's software, they should be protected from any attacks.

Last year, Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder of cyber-security firm Lookout, and Marc Rogers, security researcher at CloudFare,also managed to hack a Tesla Model S, via its infotainment system and forced it to stop in mid-drive.

...scary news....

joseph mythen

New Member
Sep 20, 2016
As much as I'd love to be able to afford and own a Tesla, news like this make me happy my car is as dumb as a potato!
I drive a 1971 International Harvester 1210 pick up...points and a condenser...everything is manual....I have one of the "greenest" vehicles on the road and I can still haul 2000 lb.s IN the bed. How or why you want a car with a computer for the vital components is beyond me....this is not the first car to be hacked from afar.
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