Security Company Offers $10K to Hack Tesla Model S

By | July 10, 2014
Calling all hackers! If you're looking to make a quick $10,000, you can enter a competition to hack into a Tesla Model S onboard computer at the SyScan Conference in Beijing next week. The cars and computers will be on-site, and while the automaker is in no way supporting this event, Tesla Motors has asked that all findings get passed on to them. As one of the first open competitions to crack a car's on-board computer, this will show the potential weaknesses when it comes to on-board systems and hopefully encourage automakers to protect their cars as they become more software-reliant and automated. Last year, research into hacking cars showed to be a valuable investment, as researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek took control of Ford and Toyota vehicles. The two were able to not only turn on the brakes, but jolt the steering wheel, showing the possibilities of what hackers may be capable of.
For Tesla, it currently employs good representation for the security of its vehicles, along with ex-Apple security Kristin Paget. The automaker also offers a full vulnerability disclosure program that makes it easier for owners to report flaws with the vehicles. We will have to wait to see if anyone is successful in hacking a Tesla. Source: Forbes