Tesla cars can be hacked from a drone

    A Tesla car is like a computer with wheels. And who says computer, also says the risk of piracy. The car manufacturer is not spared, the last successful attempt to date involving… a drone.

    Use a drone to hack a Tesla vehicle? It's possible! Two hackers demonstrated this during CanSecWest, the major annual conference on computer security. Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, from Kunnamon, and Benedikt Schmotzle from Comsecuritis were able to open and close the doors of a Model X remotely using a Mavic 2 from DJI.

    Three minutes to hack a Model X

    The proof of the hacking can be seen in the video below: it only takes three minutes for the two specialists to reach their end. It almost seems too easy… They didn't go into the details of the hack, except that the flaw exploits the Wi-Fi of Tesla's ConnMan network component to get full power over the car, well almost.

    Vulnerability makes it possible to take control of functions related to the seats, doors, trunk, air conditioning, stereo system. Fortunately, driving the vehicle remains out of reach. Tesla also indicates that the flaw has been corrected.

    The two security researchers, however, explain that some components of in-car entertainment systems (not just Tesla's) are vulnerable to this type of remote attack. Not resentful, the automaker Elon Musk hailed the discovery of Weinmann and Schmotzle by offering them a reward of $ 31,500.

    Software builders and editors never hesitate to put their hands in their pockets to reward researchers with their discoveries. Moreover, Microsoft and Intel are partners of the 2021 edition of CanSecWest.

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