Teen hacker finds bug that lets him control 25+ Teslas remotely


The downside to offering an API for interacting with cars is that someone else’s security issue could be your own.

A young hacker and computer security researcher has found a way to communicate remotely with more than 25 Tesla electric vehicles in 13 countries, according to a Twitter thread. Posted Yesterday.

David Columbo explained in the thread that the defect was “not a weakness in Tesla’s infrastructure. It’s the owner’s fault.” He claimed that he could remotely disable the car’s camera system, open doors and windows, and start driving without a key. It can also determine the exact location of the car.

However, Colombo has made it clear that it cannot actually interact with Tesla’s steering, throttle or brakes, so at least we don’t have to worry about the army of remote-controlled electric vehicles.

Colombo says it has reported the matter to Tesla’s security team, which is investigating.

On a related note, early Wednesday morning, a third-party application called TezLab said “several thousand Tesla authentication tokens are expiring at once.”

The TezLab application uses Tesla’s API to allow applications to access the car and perform functions such as activating or deactivating the anti-theft camera system, opening doors, opening windows, and more.

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