Hacker Jason Hughes leaks image of Tesla "P100D" badge, claims retaliatory Firmware downgrade and gets praised by Musk.
Apparently, Tesla Motors is abiding by the wise words of Chinese military general Sun Tzu to keep its friends close and its enemies closer. The tech-heavy electric vehicle maker attended the recent Def Con conference in Las Vegas, The Wall Street Journal reports, in order to learn about computer-security advances and to attract hackers. Come and get it.
It used to be that all it took to steal a car was a slim jim and a deft hand. But as the recent hacks of models like the Toyota Prius and Tesla Model S shows, these days it takes some real technical know-how. Automakers appear to actually be taking this threat seriously, which means they'll be keenly interested in the news that hacker Silvio Cesare in Australia has his own high-tech approach to breaking into a vehicle that is even possible remotely.
Might it be that one of Apple Computer's software-security gurus wasn't quite, ahem, secure enough to resist the pull of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk? Kristin Paget, who held the illustrious title of "Hacker Princess" at Cupertino, CA-based Apple, starts working for nearby Tesla this week, Re/code says. Paget would only say on her Twitter feed that the gig was "something security-related" and added that she "shouldn't say too much."
A group of computer scientists managed to wirelessly hack into an unnamed sedan, insert a bit of malicious code and control the vehicle's ECU, giving them access to a variety of in-car control systems. This recent study is further proof that our constantly connected cars are becoming vulnerable to attacks, but sometimes the facts aren't as clear as they'd seem.