Hack A Tesla, Win $10,000
Are you an elite hacker? Love a challenge? At the SyScan +360 conference being held in Beijing, one can win $10,000 by successfully hacking into the Tesla Model S. The winner must be able to successfully hack into the car and manipulate it’s controls remotely.
Tesla is hoping that any vulnerabilities can be discovered this way, and pledges to investigate and rectify any “legitimate vulnerability” that is discovered as a result of the competition. While Tesla is not the official sponsor of the competition, they will definitely benefit.
Tesla said “While Tesla is not associated with the conference and is not a sponsor of the competition, we support the idea of providing an environment in which responsible security researchers can help identify potential vulnerabilities. We hope that the security researchers will act responsibly and in good faith.”
Tesla’s electronic security has been called into question after an incident in Hollywood when a Model S was stolen from a Tesla service centre and later crashed, resulting in a fiery explosion. Questions have arisen, speculating that the key fob may have been spoofed, or the vehicle itself hacked. The suspicion has grown due to Tesla’s reluctance to answer these questions as of yet. This is not a problem unique to Tesla, others have been able to gain control of the Toyota Prius in the past.
Hacking the all-electric Tesla could mean overtaking the display screen, or controlling major functions from a remote computer. A company called Qihoo 360 Technology Co. claims to have identified ways to remotely control aspects of the Tesla car while it is in motion, including headlights, skylight, horn and locks. Qihoo 360 Technology Co. is an Internet security company based in Beijing.
Another individual has managed to overtake the car’s 17-inch display screen and run a web browser on it. In this case, Tesla contacted that person and warned that the car’s warranty would be voided if any changes were made.
Tesla recently announced that the company’s patents will be “open source” and available to anyone at no charge as they seek to expand the idea and adoption of electric vehicles.
Tesla recently began offering the Tesla Model S in China, and sales are expected to reach U.S. levels by early next year.
By Linda Aylesworth – car-news.ca