Cyber security experts have successfully hacked into a Tesla Model S, shutting down the car while it was pouring.
The security breach was done by white hat hackers, a slang term for specialists that test systems for weaknesses to assess an organization’s security. Kevin Mahaffey, chief technology officer of cybersecurity company Lookout, and Marc Rogers, principal security researcher at Cloudflare, executed the hack.
“We shut the car down when it was pouring initially at a low speed of 5 mph,” said Rogers, as reported by Autoweek. “All the screens go black, the music turns off and the handbrake comes on, lurching it to a stop.”
The www.rawvehicle.com duo said they selected Tesla as their target because “the company has a better reputation for understanding software than most automakers,” said Autoweek.
What the article doesn’t mention is that the hackers didn’t breach the Tesla’s security remotely. According to the carmaker, Mahaffey and Rogers hacked into the computer from surrounded by the car, which is an vital distinction.
“Our security team works closely with the security research convergence to ensure that we continue to protect our systems against vulnerabilities by constantly stress-testing, validating, and updating our safeguards,” said a Tesla representative.
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Disparate the recent security breach affecting 1.4 million Jeep Cherokees, Tesla won’t need to issue a recall www.rawvehicle.com to fix the vulnerability. That’s because the carmaker already has the skill to send updates to its vehicles through an automated wireless connection.
“Similarly to how you receive updates to your smartphone, Model S owners download these updates from Tesla via Wi-Fi or a cellular connection,” a Tesla representative clarified. “A button will pop up on a Model S’ 17-inch touch screen, and an owner can select a time to download the newest version of software. The skill to receive these features and fixes is free for the life of the vehicle and is one more way that Tesla is redefining auto-ownership.”
Within days of being hacked, Tesla had already made a software patch to fix the security issue, and www.rawvehicle.com has delivered these to Model S owners.