Tesla fixes security bugs after claims of Model S hack

Tesla fixes security bugs after claims of Model S hack

Tesla has fixed a security bug that allowed hackers to remotely take control over a Tesla Model S. Researchers in China found a series of vulnerabilities that, when combined, allowed them to remotely take over the car and control its sunroof, central display, door locks and even the braking system. But now Tesla has rolled out a security update that fixes the bugs in the system, the company has said. Tencent's Keen Security Lab said on its blog that its researchers were able to remotely control some systems on the Tesla S in both driving and parking modes by exploiting security bugs, that have since been fixed by the automaker. The blog said Tencent believed its researchers were the first to gain remote control of a Tesla vehicle by hacking into an onboard computer system known as a CAN bus. 'With several months of in-depth research on Tesla Cars, we have discovered multiple security vulnerabilities,' the blog said. The most dangerous thing they were able to do was to engage the car’s braking from 12 miles (19 km) away. In a demonstration, Tencent researchers remotely engaged the brake on a moving Tesla S, turned on its windshield wipers and opened the trunk. 'We have verified the attack vector on multiple varieties of Tesla Model S,' the blog said. 'It is reasonable to assume that other Tesla models are affected.' The car maker said it had patched the bugs in a statement to Reuters yesterday, a day after cyber-security researchers with China'a Tencent revealed its findings on its blog. Tecent worked with Tesla's security team on fixing the bugs. Tesla was able to remedy the bugs uncovered by Tencent using an over-the-air fix to its vehicles, which saved customers the trouble of visiting dealers to obtain the update.

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