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Duo Hacks Tesla Model 3, Walk Away with the Car and $35,000

Back in the old days we used a coat hanger to hack a car.

This weekend, during the CanSecWest conference held in Vancouver, Canada, the Pwn2Own white-hat hacker competition awarded the best teams in the business very unique prizes, including a brand new Tesla Model 3.

Pwn2Own is a competition aiming to highlight the vulnerabilities of modern day systems and products, and since the Model 3 is one of the most digitally advanced cars in the world, it was a natural target for the organizers of the event and the hackers attending it.

The task at hand was to hack one or more of the car’s systems, including launching denial of service attacks on Autopilot or take control over the key fob or phone-as-key.

Most of the goals set by the organizers were not met by the competing teams, but one of them reached their goal: Fluoroacetate, a duo comprising hackers Richard Zhu and Amat Cama.

To get the prize, the two had to launch the attack from inside the car and “achieve code execution by browsing to malicious content.”

Zhu and Kama were able to hack into the car’s Internet browser and have it display a message of their choice on the car’s screen: pwned by Fluoroacetate.

For their achievement, Richard Zhu and Amat Cama were awarded a $35,000 prize, but most importantly got to drive away in the Model 3, complete with the hacked browser.

“Tesla essentially pioneered the concept of the connected car with their Model S sedan, and in partnership with Tesla, we hope to encourage even more security research into connected vehicles as the category continues to expand,” said in a statement the organizers of the event, Zero Day Initiative.

According to a Tesla representative speaking for ZDNet, the unnamed vulnerability uncovered during last weekend’s competition will be addressed in the coming days by means of a software update.

"We understand that this demonstration took an extraordinary amount of effort and skill, and we thank these researchers for their work to help us continue to ensure our cars are the most secure on the road today," the representative was quoted as saying.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/tesla-...n2own-contest/
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Is it just me that finds this a bit sad?

Unfortunately it seems to be a fact of life these days that whatever level of security gets put into something there will always be someone with one strong arm (and one weak one) that is determined to break into it. I know its supposed to be to improve security but once the 'upgrades' have been done these same 'strong arms' will only come back and break into it again, just to prove they can and the cycle continues.

Personal opinion? I think hackers should be shot not encouraged by $35k prizes and luxury motors. Does that make me unpopular? Like I care.
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Good Tesla story, but I thought the story of the day was the plane full of passengers who thought they were going to Germany with a cockpit full of pilots who thought they were going to Edinburgh.
How could communication be so bad?
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Good Tesla story, but I thought the story of the day was the plane full of passengers who thought they were going to Germany with a cockpit full of pilots who thought they were going to Edinburgh.
How could communication be so bad?
Think the pilots had trouble differentiating their left from their right.
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Think the pilots had trouble differentiating their left from their right.
It gets worse when the pilots can't correct what's up or down.
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Good Tesla story, but I thought the story of the day was the plane full of passengers who thought they were going to Germany with a cockpit full of pilots who thought they were going to Edinburgh.
How could communication be so bad?
I'm worried about this, I'm flying to Frankfurt, Germany next week. I hope that the pilot involved isn't moonlighting for Lufthansa and I end up in Kentucky
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I'm worried about this, I'm flying to Frankfurt, Germany next week. I hope that the pilot involved isn't moonlighting for Lufthansa and I end up in Kentucky
Whenever I board a plane and show my boarding pass, say going to Adelaide, I ask, “ Are you going to Adelaide?” In jest.

but maybe I need to keep asking!
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Good Tesla story, but I thought the story of the day was the plane full of passengers who thought they were going to Germany with a cockpit full of pilots who thought they were going to Edinburgh.
How could communication be so bad?
I was on my way to Edinburgh and ended up in Phoenix telling you Folks flying Lufthansa is not any better than BA.

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What really concerns me, in this tech and artificial intelligence era, is the shift from what used to be called "driver/pilot error" to software/hack error
Supposedly self driving cars (Auto Pilot) are being promoted to make driving more safe.
But this may result in drivers less capable when confronted with a emergency situation.
Seems that is what happened with 2 Boeing planes, software/hardware error.
300+ people gone, some safety record! Not likely to be flying soon.
It's not hard to imagine a hack or software error in self driving cars resulting in a pileup of vehicles on the roads.
I'm seriously thinking about buying old cars that can't be tracked or hacked and over 5 thousand pounds(weight wise)
Here's one.
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