When a Tesla is hacked by … a DJI drone

This isn’t the first time a Tesla has been hacked. In August 2019, hackers managed to steal a Tesla in the courtyard of a house in less than 30 seconds, without making any noise and, in particular, without touching the vehicle. Today we’re discovering a new way to fly a Tesla with that time … a drone.

3 minutes was enough for the DJI Mavic 2

Last week, during the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, two hackers revealed they could hack a Tesla Model X using a DJI Mavic 2 drone. This demonstration lasted less than 3 minutes. After a few minutes, the hackers managed to open and close the vehicle doors without touching them.

This demonstration by Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, CEO of Kunnamon, and Benedikt Schmotzle, who heads Comsecuris, shows how careful you have to be when you have such a connected vehicle. Since April 29, after Tesla saw this video, she has claimed to have fixed this bug. In their article on this topic, however, Ralf-Philipp Weinmann and Benedikt Schmotzle explain how many options there are to hack a Tesla.

The duo writes: “The affected components were also often used in the infotainment systems of other car manufacturers. An attacker could unlock the doors and trunk, change the position of the seats, the steering modes and the acceleration. In short, pretty much what a driver pressing various buttons on the console can do. However, this attack does not give up control of the driving of the car. “

That said, Tesla, like many other companies, rewards this type of discovery. As a result, Ralf-Philipp Weinmann and Benedikt Schmotzle received USD 31,500 from the company. Now it’s up to you to find a void in a vehicle’s safety to try and get a reward from Tesla.

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