Chinese security firm hacks Tesla Model S to gain control of door locks, wipers, sunroof, and more

By Himanshu Arora · 8 replies
Jul 18, 2014
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  1. Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 yesterday announced that it has successfully hacked the Tesla Model S. The hacks were carried out at the SyScan +360 security conference in Beijing, with members of the company's IT department demonstrating the ability to remotely control the car's...

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    An inevitable consequence of computerized vehicles is vulnerability to outside attacks. Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Mclaren, Lamborghini, Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Nissan, et al. are all vulnerable to lesser or greater degrees.

    The only real question is when basic auto hacking tools will be made available via Ebay and deepweb markets. At that point, expect an epidemic of $70,000-$100,000+ cars mysteriously disappearing from driveways and garages.
  3. I wish they still sold 1970's Delta 88's. Impossible to hack, and can double as an armored vehicle. Ah the good ol days.
  4. bond304

    bond304 TS Rookie

    Not only that but what I see as most important is how the automakers respond - do they quickly fix it or do they play dumb and ignore it. After watching lots of defcon and black hat, it's surprising to see how many companies refuse to acknowledge that their product is vulnerable.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Not a bad deal buying a $90 smartphone with hacking tools and getting a Tesla S of your choice from a parking lot for free.
  6. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    The headline seems to make this incident a little more scaremongerish than it actually is, since this was a deliberate challenge to find vulnerabilities to patch. Kudos to Qihoo 360 for finding this flaw.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    Exactly. This is why my new business, K-Jack, will be so successful. If you purchase a car vulnerable to smartjacking, we will install a military-trained assault K-9 in your vehicle. A basic unit will cost you about $190/mo. However, if you sign up for our Doggy Bags and Body Bags program for $250/mo., in addition to the K-9 unit, we will cover all costs associated with sanitizing the interior of your vehicle after an attempted theft up to and including full reupholstering. We also have an Elite Package* for $500/mo.

    K-Jack – Protecting your vehicle one bite at a time.

    *Because the Elite Package comes with a wild tiger instead of a K-9 unit, all interior repairs are the responsibility of the subscriber.
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  8. drjekel_mrhyde

    drjekel_mrhyde TS Rookie Posts: 101   +7

    Flat head screwdriver and man power
  9. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    'Last month, the automaker open sourced all of its patents and technology in a bid to expand adoption of electric cars.'

    Off topic slightly, the last sentence is a breath of fresh air. Let's encourage tech adoption and innovation rather than hinder it through the courts.
    ikesmasher likes this.

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