Tesla is having a good reputation in terms of security of its cars. Two researchers revealed earlier that they hacked Tesla car, but now Tesla Model S bug has been fixed by the US car-maker.
How researchers hacked Tesla Model S?
Researchers Marc Rogers, principal security researcher for CloudFlare and Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder and CTO of Lookout, revealed in the ongoing hacking conference Def Con that they were able to hack the Tesla Model S.
Researchers said that they plugged in their laptop into a network cable behind a Tesla Model S driver’s-side dashboard and were able to start the engine with a software command. The researchers said that they could also plant a Trojan on the Tesla Model S network to remotely access the car, but now Tesla Model S bug has been fixed.
The researchers said they were able to stop the car forcefully, and then fully power down, but, the laptop should have a physical connection to the vehicle’s computer. Since this attack requires physical access inside the vehicle, it makes this less alarming than the Jeep Cherokee incident. In that incident hackers were able to remotely control the car over the internet.
The Tesla Model S bug has been fixed and the company’s spokesperson said in an email to Forbes:
“Tesla has taken a number of different measures to address the effects of all six vulnerabilities reported by Lookout. The update has been made available to all Model S customers through an OTA update. We will deploy this update to all vehicles by Thursday. Our over-the-air software updates remotely add new features and functionality to Model S. Similarly to how you receive updates to your smartphone, Model S owners download these updates from Tesla via Wi-Fi or a cellular connection.”
The company said the Tesla Model S bug has been fixed and customers will automatically receive security patches over their existing wireless Internet connections on Thursday. The researchers will continue to work with Tesla to make its cars more secure.