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Tencent hack of Model S leads to security fix

A Chinese security team has hacked a Tesla Model S and revealed several vulnerabilities in the luxury electric car, United States media reported.

CNBC reported on Tuesday that Chinese company Tencent has notified Tesla about the hacks, and that the car company has already put a patch in place to fix the problem.

The broadcaster said hackers were able to gain access by connecting to a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot and then using the web browser.

Keen Security Labs, a unit at Tencent, trumpeted the successful hack in a blog post.

“It is worth to note that we used an unmodified car with latest firmware to demonstrate the attack,” the hackers wrote.

“Following the global industry practice on ‘responsible disclosure’ of product security vulnerabilities, we have reported the technical details of all the vulnerabilities discovered in the research to Tesla. The vulnerabilities have been confirmed by Tesla Product Security Team.”

The security snafus are the latest woes for the Tesla’s Model S, which saw a driver die in a crash in Florida while using Autopilot this year when the car slammed into a truck.

“Tesla has already deployed an over-the-air software update ... that addresses the potential security issues,” it said.


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