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2013's Car of the Year is wide-open to hackers

2013's Car of the Year is wide-open to hackers
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The Tesla Model S has been hacked. After infiltrating the car's system, hackers can control the car's locks, horn, headlights, and skylight while the car is in motion.

Luckily, the hack was revealed as part of a competition rewarding $10,000 to a hacker who could crack the Model S. Performed at SyScan 360, a cyber security conference in Beijing, officials with Tesla have vowed to shut the hole in the car's system.

Tesla released the following statement after the hack was revealed.

"While Tesla is not associated with the conference and is not a sponsor of the competition, we support the idea of providing an environment in which responsible security researchers can help identify potential vulnerabilities, we hope that the security researchers will act responsibly and in good faith."

While very little information is available about the specifics of the hack, it's expected that it involves Tesla's mobile app. Smartphone connectivity is vulnerable to infiltration by hackers primarily because of the ability to "sniff" data going to and from a car that receives data from outside sources.

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Source: Ars Technica
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