Date
28 July 2017
The security loophole allowed Tencent researchers to remotely control the onboard computer of a Tesla Model S. Photo: Reuters
The security loophole allowed Tencent researchers to remotely control the onboard computer of a Tesla Model S. Photo: Reuters

Tesla fixes security bugs after Tencent claims of Model S hack

Tesla Motors Inc. is beefing up security for its electric cars after Chinese researchers said they were able to remotely attack a Tesla Model S sedan.

Reuters is reporting that the US automaker has fixed the bugs a day after cyber security researchers with China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd. made the revelation in a blog post.

Interest in car hacking has surged since Fiat Chrysler last year recalled 1.4 million US vehicles to fix onboard software problems uncovered by two researchers.

They showed they were able to gain remote control of a Jeep traveling at high speeds in a dramatic video posted on Wired.com.

Tesla said it was able to remedy the bugs uncovered by Tencent using an over-the-air fix to its vehicles, which saved customers the trouble of visiting dealers to obtain the update.

Tencent’s Keen Security Lab said on its blog that its researchers were able to remotely control some systems on the Tesla S in both driving and parking modes by exploiting the security bugs that were fixed by the automaker.

In a demonstration video, Tencent researchers remotely engaged the brake on a moving Tesla S, turned on its windshield wipers and opened the trunk.

Tesla said it pushed out an over-the-air update to automatically update software on its vehicles within 10 days of learning about the bugs.

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