LAS VEGASÂ â For the second time, Chinese security researchers were able to hackÂ a Tesla Model X, turning on the brakes remotely and getting the doors and trunk to open and close while blinking the lights in time to music streamed from the car’s radioÂ âÂ an effect they dubbed “the unauthorized Xmas show.”
The complex hack involved sending malicious software through the car’s web browserÂ inÂ a series of circuitousÂ computer exploits. They were able to remotely control the car via both Wi-Fi and a cellular connection.
The researchers informed Tesla of theirÂ discovery in June of this year and the company patched the vulnerabilities within two weeks, said Samuel Lv, director of the Keen Security Lab at Chinese tech giant Tencent.
In a statement, Tesla said it actively encourages this type ofÂ research so that itÂ can prevent potential issues from occurring. TheÂ risk to customers from such exploits is very lowÂ and TeslaÂ has not seen a single customer ever affected by it, the statement said.
This is actually the second year the team from Keen Security Lab in Shanghai managed to hack a Tesla and remotely engage its brakes.
“We informed Tesla of the vulnerabilities we found last year and they corrected them. This year our researchÂ found new vulnerabilities and Â we were able to reproduce the same remote control of the car,” said Sen Nie, lead researcher for the car hacking team at Keen Security Lab. He presented the research with colleaguesÂ Ling LiuÂ and Wen LuÂ at a conference of security researchers here.Â
Nie emphasized that the work was complex and not easily replicated. He also said theÂ researchers don’tÂ believe Teslas…