Tesla Model S car hacked, shut off while driving
The Financial Times reported on Thursday that cybersecurity researchers said they had taken control of a Model S and turned it off at low speed, one of six significant flaws they found that could allow hackers to take control of the vehicle,
Tesla said it had developed and deployed an over-the-air update to Model S owners to address the “vulnerabilities”.
In a statement, Tesla said the hackers did not turn off the car remotely, but from inside the vehicle.
“Our security team works closely with the security research community to ensure that we continue to protect our systems against vulnerabilities by constantly stress-testing, validating, and updating our safeguards,” the automaker said.
The hack will be detailed at cybersecurity conference Def Con in Las Vegas on Friday, the FT said.
The hack on Tesla follows a similar attack on Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep Cherokee last month that prompted the company to recall 1.4 million vehicles in the United States.