With two autopilot-blamed incidents in China this year, Elon Musk’s brainchild doesn’t have the best reputation in the eyes of the Chinese, and now, emerging footage of a group of white hat hackers could possibly undermine that reputation further.
A little known subdivision of Tencent called Keen Security Labs has recently posted a video to YouTube demonstrating their ability to remotely control a variety of features in the Tesla Model S.
This includes, but isn’t limited to; overriding the internal displays, opening locked doors while the car is stationary, and opening the boot and braking while the car is moving.
It’s probably worth mentioning that the cars in the test were fully stock, with the most updated firmware version (at time of testing), and that you probably shouldn’t try this at home.
In the video, the sudden braking was conducted by a person located 12 miles offsite. Freaky.
But this is limited to only the Model S right?
Which makes this all the more worrying, even more so than the Manchester United emblem on that jacket.
Imagine stepping into your car one day and seeing this on its displays.
It probably wouldn’t be the best of days for you then. But it would likely be a better day than the one where someone remotely hacked into your car and opened its doors. (And probably started it and drove away, quietly.)
As technology continues to develop in this century, we will undoubtedly face more and more issues regarding cyber-security and -safety. White hat hackers such as Keen Security Labs play an integral role in publicizing performance glitches, bugs and potential exploits so that we as the general public are aware of the dangers of technology.
According to Forbes, Tesla has confirmed these security issues, and since addressed them with a firmware update. Keen Security Labs would like to remind everyone who owns a Tesla car to update their firmware whenever possible to ensure the highest level of security for your car.
So, we’re not saying you should drop your phone or your laptop and assume a life of a middle-aged hermit, we’re just asking you to be careful.
Watch the full video here:
By Christopher Shi
[Images via Keen Security Labs YouTube]