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Hack a Tesla, win 10 grand! And we have a winner!

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Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

The problem with a “hack a Tesla, win 10 grand” prize is if you are lucky enough to own a Tesla, futzing with the control modules to hack them would probably not bode too well for the warranty claims. But, at a hacking conference called Symposium on Security for Asia Network (SyScan) to be held in Beijing, China there will be a Tesla on site, and hackers will be told to have at it.

According to the event website and poor English clearly written by someone using Google translate or an ESL:  “More exciting hacking competition aims at Tesla, which is the most popular smart car, to examine safety of this motor.  The prize is 10,000 dollars and competition rule will be announced soon.  For registration, ticket-holders can send personal profile to info(at)syscan360(dot)org.

Much has been said of designing infotainment systems with robust firewalls so hacking in is not a problem.  Such as Harman’s latest systems.

Obviously, the scariest scenarios come later down the pike when telematics enter the picture.  The ability to hack into someone’s car using the OBD II port is scary.  The ability to make changes remotely through what is supposed to be a secure WiFi-like network is downright frightening.  If the hackers do get inside the ECU and BCM, we hope Tesla takes note and hires the same brainpower to correct the situation.  The smell of Musk is in the air…

*** UPDATE.  We have a winner.  The team from Zhejiang University were able to break in enough to honk the horn and open the moonroof.  This is compared to other car companies who have seen breaches that interrupt the braking or steering control.  You know, without an engine can you really call it a firewall?  I guess the firewall’s main function and place has changed in the future of the automobile…

 

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  1. They only won 1k, nobody got the grand prize of 10k. The reason is they were only able to hack the mobile app, not the actual car. So the only thing they could do is use the mobile apps ability. The car for now still remains not hacked.

    Weapon
  2. Quite right about the firewall … With the battery pack being undercar and subject to damage from road debris you need to be able to JETTISON the battery pack if it ignites when you run over that ladder that fell off of Julios’ truck when he was crossing the bridge you are now on…

    neidermeyer