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Chinese hackers are trying to locate all of the Model S’s vulnerabilities, as Tesla Motors put a bounty hunt ...
Chinese hackers are trying to locate all of the Model S’s vulnerabilities, as Tesla Motors put a bounty hunt on the electric car's flaws, reports Bloomberg. For $10,000, hackers will try to discover and fix any potential security breaches they find on the sedan. The hacking contest starts tomorrow in Beijing.
The Chinese Internet security giant Qihoo 360 found software vulnerabilities in Tesla's flagship car relating to the horn, sunroof, and headlights, as well as mechanisms that locate and unlock the car. Wu Jing, investor relations director of Qihoo 360 Technology, said that the company's information technology department conducted the experiment.
This is serious news, considering that similar flaws have been detected in the past by decoding a six-character password with traditional hacking techniques. The latest news of Tesla's security bugs comes a day before the SyScan +360 conference, which kicks off tomorrow. The “I hack, therefore I am” organizers have offered a $10,000 prize to those who can hack the Model S.
Tesla representatives have also spoken on the matter. “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.”
The Palo Alto, California company says it will take all precautionary measures and fix all “legitimate vulnerability.” Tesla Motors also asked the Qihoo 360 security researchers not to hack Tesla's website, servers, and networks, but to stick to the company's policy and report all security breaches.