Researchers Show How To Steal Tesla Car By Hacking Into Owner's Smartphone
by Mohit Kumar
Review by Charles Mohapel
The Hacker News.com, Tesla News ISBN/ITEM#: CM161203HACKING
Date: 03 December 2016
In September 2016, Chinese security researchers from Keen Lab managed to hack a Tesla Model S from 12 miles away... On the other hand researchers at Norway-based security firm Promon have tricked gullible Tesla owners into installing malware on their Android devices, thereby allowing them to locate, unlock, and drive off with a Tesla Model S.
New technology is always a little scary, so are Smart Cars. From GPS system and satellite radio to wireless locks, steering, brakes, and accelerator, today vehicles are more connected to networks than ever, and so they are more hackable than ever.
It's not new for security researchers to hack connected cars. Previously they had demonstrated how to hijack a car remotely, and how to disable car's crucial functions like airbags by exploiting security bugs affecting significant automobiles.
Now this time, researchers at Norway-based security firm Promon have demonstrated how easy it is for hackers to steal Tesla cars through the company's official Android application that many car owners use to interact with their vehicle.
Two months ago, Chinese security researchers from Keen Lab managed to hack a Tesla Model S, which allowed them to control a car in both Parking and Driving Mode from 12 miles away.
However, Promon researchers have taken an entirely different approach.
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