Tesla Patches Vulnerabilities that Allowed Remote Takeover of Model S Car

Tesla has patched a number of vulnerabilities that allowed attackers to remotely take control over certain features in its Model S car.

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Researchers at the Keen Security Lab of Tencent, a Chinese tech company, exploited the vulnerabilities to successfully seize control of the CAN bus that operates many vehicle systems in the car. They did so by connecting the Model S to a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot while accessing the car’s map search feature to find the nearest charging station.After gaining access to the CAN bus, the researchers demonstrated that an attacker could take control over the dashboard computer screen, open the sun roof, fold the side mirrors, and apply the brakes when the car was in motion, among other actions.The research team surmises these vulnerabilities don’t just affect the Model S, either:“As far as we know, this is the first case of remote attack which compromises CAN Bus to achieve remote controls on Tesla cars. We have verified the attack vector on multiple varieties of Tesla Model S. It is reasonable to assume that other Tesla models are affected.”You can view a demonstration of the hack in the video below:

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