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How to “hack” a Tesla Model S [Video]

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DEFCON finally posted the entire video of the “How to Hack a Tesla Model S” presentation from the conference earlier this summer. Let me preface this by saying that Tesla already pushed OTA software updates to its fleet to fix the issues unveiled by the two security researchers, Kevin Mahaffey and Marc Rogers.

Nonetheless, it is a very interesting talk worth the watch if the security of connected cars is an issue of interest to you, which to a certain degree, it should be. Mahaffey and Rogers revealed that they managed to hack a Tesla Model S by ripping off the dashboard, connecting a laptop and sending a software command to start the car – basically presenting an alternative to “hot-wiring” the vehicle.

They also managed to install a trojan, while having physical access to the car, to then shutdown the electric motor remotely.

The good news is that both hacks required physical access to the vehicle.

Here’s the full video:

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