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Tesla remotely hacked

by David Zatz on

After a pair of highly trained researchers spent a year finding an attack vector into a Jeep Cherokee, many said that a savvy company like Tesla could not be subjected to a similar attack.

Tesla hackedAccording to the Financial Times, security experts Kevin Mahaffey and Marc Rogers did just that, forcing a Tesla to shut down and turn on its handbrake. They demonstrated this capability at 5 mph when the effects would be minor, but serious injuries could be caused at, say, 75 mph.

The point was to show that a “technologically savvy” company could also have its products hacked, despite vaunted “firewalls” between telematics and operating systems.

Tesla said it would issue a patch by Thursday. Chrysler has issued a recall to distribute a patch, which is also available to owners on-line now

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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