A group of hackers managed to crack a Tesla Model 3 as part of a hacking competition, and Tesla gave them the car to delay the vulnerability.
As we reported earlier this year, Tesla is the first automaker to participate in a Pwn2Own hacking event, run by Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI).
The car manufacturer has made a model 3 available to hackers so that they can find and exploit vulnerabilities in the car's system.
The incident happened in Vancouver this week and a team of two hackers managed to find a exploit on the last competition day.
To expose the security issues and allow the automaker To improve the software security, Tesla gives them model 3.
Several more prizes are being won by Fluoroacetate during the competition.
Over the past 4 years, Tesla has run a bug-bounty program, and according to sources familiar with the effort, the company has given away hundreds of thousands of rewards to hackers who exposed vulnerabilities in their systems.
The car manufacturer increased its maximum payout per reported error to $ 15,000 last year, and it also took a good step in reassuring owners who hack their own cars.
Tesla said it will not invalidate the warranty when a vehicle is hacked for "pre-approved good faith security research."
David Lau, vice president of vehicle software at Tesla, commented on their efforts:
"We are developing our cars with the highest standards of safety in all respects, and our work on the security research community is invaluable to us. bounty program in 2014 – first and foremost to include a consumer consumer car – we have continually increased our investments in partnership with security researchers to ensure that all Tesla owners are constantly benefiting from the brightest minds of society. Learn about, and rewarding, good work in Pwn2Own so we can continue to improve our products and our approach to designing inherently secure systems. "
Tesla has also been quite quick in fixing vulnerabilities exposed to white hatchers.
Back in 2016, we reported on a Chinese whitehat hacker group, Keen Security Lab at Tencent, who managed to remove hack Tesla Model S through a malicious Wi-Fi hotspot. It is believed to be the first haul of a Tesla vehicle.
The hackers reported the vulnerability of Tesla before they became public, and the car manufacturer pushed an update fairly quickly.