A teenage researcher claims to have discovered a software vulnerability in Tesla models. And thanks to this, I remotely hacked over two dozen Tesla electric vehicles in 13 countries.
RBC-Ukraine Auto reports this with a link to Automotive News.
Self-proclaimed German IT specialist David Colombo said a vulnerability in Tesla’s software allows him to open doors and windows, start cars without keys, and disable their security systems.
He also claims to be able to see if a driver is present in the car, turn on the speaker system of electric vehicles and flash headlights. The 19-year-old hacker wants to launch his own cybersecurity startup and change the world in this way. Presumably, he took the Tesla hack as an advertisement for his own capabilities.
“I think it is quite dangerous if someone can remotely play music at full volume or open windows / doors while you are on the highway. Even continuous flashing of headlights could potentially have some (dangerous) impact on other drivers. “, – the 19-year-old hacker proudly declared.
Colombo did not disclose the exact details of the software vulnerability, but said that so far only a small number of Tesla owners around the world have been affected – 25 units. He said he has already contacted Tesla’s security team and they are investigating the issue.
A Tesla spokesman in China declined to comment on David Columbo’s Twitter posts, while the automaker’s global press office did not respond to a request at all. The company’s stock quotes also did not react in any way to the news of a potential hack.
This is far from the first statement about hacking Tesla electric vehicles. In 2014, Tesla even hired hackers to expose security holes. As for Colombo, his dream is to launch his own cybersecurity startup and change the world.