Hackers crack Tesla Model 3 in competition, Tesla gives them the car

Electrek | 3/23/2019 | Fred Lambert
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A group of hackers managed to crack a Tesla Model 3 as part of a hacking competition and Tesla gave them the car for exposing the vulnerability.

As we reported earlier this year, Tesla is the first automaker to participate in a Pwn2Own hacking event, which is run by Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI).

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The automaker made a Model 3 available to hackers in order for them to find and exploit vulnerabilities in the vehicle’s system.

The event happened in Vancouver this week and a team of two hackers managed to find an exploit on the last day of competition.

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Amat Cama and Richard Zhu of team Fluoroacetate targeted the infotainment system on the Tesla Model 3 and used “a JIT bug in the renderer” to manage to take control of the system:

For exposing the vulnerabilities and giving the automaker the opportunity to improve its software security, Tesla is giving them the Model 3.

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It’s adding to several more prizes won by team Fluoroacetate during the competition.

Over the past 4 years, Tesla has been running a bug bounty program and according to sources familiar with the effort, the company has given away hundreds of thousands in rewards to hackers who exposed vulnerabilities in its systems.

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The automaker increased its max payout per reported bug to $15,000 last year...
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