Third-party software may make Tesla vehicles vulnerable to hackers. At least that’s what a 19-year-old IT security specialist from Germany by the name of David Colombo claims. He tweeted this week that he had remote access to functions on more than 25 Teslas in 13 countries.
The news service Bloomberg then reported that Colombo had provided evidence for his claims when asked. For example, he showed screenshots of a private chat with a Tesla owner, in whose car Colombo said he was able to operate the horn, among other things. In other cases he was able to unlock doors and windows, turn on the headlights and the music system and even start the cars.
Nevertheless I now can remotely run commands on 25+ Tesla‘s in 13 countries without the owners knowledge.
Regarding what I‘m able to do with these Tesla‘s now.[2/X]
This includes disabling Sentry Mode, opening the doors/windows and even starting Keyless Driving.
— David Colombo (@david_colombo_) January 11, 2022
Affected software should remain secret
Colombo has therefore asked Bloomberg not to publish details about the manufacturer of the third-party software because they have not yet corrected the disclosed security defects. In the wrong hands, the defect could be dangerous for the owners of the affected cars. He made Tesla and the operator of the unsafe software aware of the problem. (mer)
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