A group of hackers won $35000 and a Tesla model 3 car after they managed to crack into security systems at a hacking event held last week.
During the hacking competition Pwn2Own 2019 organized by Trend Micro’s “Zero Day Initiative (ZDI)”, two hackers Amat Cama and Richard Zhu of team Fluoroacetate exposed a vulnerability in Tesla model 3.
According to a report by Electrek on Saturday, the hackers attacked the infotainment system of the Tesla model 3 and exploited “JIT bug in the renderer” to take control of the system.
“Since launching our bug bounty programme in 2014, we have continuously increased our investments into partnerships with security researchers to ensure that all Tesla owners constantly benefit from the brightest minds in the community,” said David Lau, who is vice-president of vehicle software at Tesla.
So many bounty programs have been organized by the Tesla over the last four years to expose the vulnerabilities in the Tesla cars and have given thousands of dollars to hackers who have successfully found out the tweaks in the system.
David Lau, further added “We develop our cars with the highest standards of safety in every respect, and our work with the security research community is invaluable to us. Since launching our bug bounty program in 2014 – the first to include a connected consumer vehicle– we have continuously increased our investments into partnerships with security researchers to ensure that all Tesla owners constantly benefit from the brightest minds in the community. We look forward to learning about, and rewarding, great work in Pwn2Own so that we can continue to improve our products and our approach to designing inherently secure systems”