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Tesla Motors makes security fixes after Model S has been hacked in China

A Chinese security team has hacked a Tesla Model S and revealed several vulnerabilities in the luxury electric car.

 A Chinese security team has hacked a Tesla Model S and revealed several vulnerabilities in the luxury electric car, US media reported. CNBC reported yesterday that Chinese company Tencent has notified Tesla about the hacks, and that the car company has already put a patch in place to fix the problem.

 
The business news broadcaster said hackers were able to gain access by connecting to a malicious WiFi hotspot and then using the web browser. Keen Security Labs, a unit at Tencent, trumpeted the successful hack in a blog post.
 
The security snafus are the latest woes for the Tesla’s Model S, which saw a driver die in a crash in Florida while using Autopilot earlier this year when the vehicle slammed into a truck.

In a statement shared with media outlets, Tesla said: “Within just 10 days of receiving this report, Tesla has already deployed an over-the-air software update (v7.1, 2.36.31) that addresses the potential security issues. The issue demonstrated is only triggered when the web browser is used, and also required the car to be physically near to and connected to a malicious wifi hotspot. Our realistic estimate is that the risk to our customers was very low, but this did not stop us from responding quickly.”

 
The company added: “We commend the research team behind today’s demonstration and plan to reward them under our bug bounty program, which was set up to encouragethis type of research.”
 
Source: indianexpress

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