Tesla Motors is considered one of the most cybersecurity-conscious car manufacturers in the world — among other things, it has a bug bounty program. But that doesn’t mean the software in its cars is free of security flaws.
Researchers from Chinese technology company Tencent found a series of vulnerabilities that, when combined, allowed them to remotely take over a Tesla Model S car and control its sunroof, central display, door locks and even the breaking system. The attack allowed the researchers to access the car’s controller area network (CAN) bus, which lets the vehicle’s specialized computers communicate with each other.
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