Just Hack Tesla Smartphone App To Steal A Tesla Car

Posted: Nov 25 2016, 5:19am CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

 

Just Hack Tesla Smartphone App to Steal a Tesla Car
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A Norway based security firm called Promon has successfully demonstrated a lack of security in Tesla Motor app

A team of hackers from a Norway-based security firm called Promon have successfully hacked into a Tesla Model S car. According to the hackers they used the Tesla Motors app to steal the car.

The hackers claim there is a “lack of security” in Tesla’s smartphone app. The hackers showed how the app could be manipulated in order to locate, unlock and steal a Tesla Model S car, in a video and blog post on Promon’s site. 

In the blog post the researchers stated their experts were able to take full control of a Tesla vehicle. They were able to fully locate and track the car and then proceeded to opening the door.

The hackers were even able to enable the keyless driving functionality of the Tesla Model S. basically it is possible to drive the Model S without the key fob. The hackers also guided the car into crowded parking lots, along with opening the doors remotely without a key. 

The team of hackers was able to do all this by just exploiting the Tesla app. According to the Promon hackers their purpose in doing so is to underline the importance of app security and the implications for IoT-connected devices.

The Tesla app from another Promon researcher was hacked by sending a cyber-attack through a free Wi-Fi hotspot near a Tesla charging station. The cyber-attack was initiated by offering an incentive, which was a free burger to install an app, which was actually malicious in nature.

According to Promon founder Tom Lysemose Hansen, their team carried out their demonstration based upon a flaw recently revealed by researchers at Keen Security Lab in China. The Tesla app can be used as an entry point for theft of the car. 

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