Car hackers demonstrate wireless attack on Tesla Model S


A remote vulnerability for Tesla’s Model S has been demonstrated by researchers from Keen Security Lab, a division of the Chinese internet giant Tencent. The vulnerability was confirmed by Tesla’s product security team and has already been patched via an over-the-air software update, as Keen worked with Tesla to fix the flaw before going public.

The vulnerability compromises the CAN bus that controls many vehicle system in the car. It requires the car to be connected to a malicious wifi hotspot to take control and works via the in-car web browser. It’s an admittedly narrow set of circumstances required to compromise the car, but would present a clear opportunity for a determined attacker to cause significant harm.

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