Tesla has responded to a Chinese security company’s successful hacking of a Model S, which allowed them to access various functions of the vehicle.
The hackers, from a Chinese security company called Keen Security Labs, alerted Tesla to the cars’ vulnerability to hacking after its employees gained access to a car’s interior functions. These included seat position and window opening mechanisms, taking over the car’s dials and infotainment screen, and unlocking the doors.
The hackers were also able to fold the car’s wingmirrors, activate the windscreen wipers and apply the brakes while the car was in motion.
Tesla has issued a software update to protect its cars from the vulnerability, in addition to the following statement: “Within just 10 days of receiving this report, Tesla has already deployed an over-the-air software update (v7.1, 2.36.31) that addresses the potential security issues.
"The issue demonstrated is only triggered when the web browser is used, and also required the car to be physically near to and connected to a malicious wi-fi hotspot. Our realistic estimate is that the risk to our customers was very low, but this did not stop us from responding quickly."