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Tesla Is Challenging Hackers To Compromise Its Connected Cars

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Electric car makers, Tesla is challenging hackers to find bugs in its connected cars. Electrek reports that Elon Musk’s company is coming back to the Zero Day Iniannual hackers’ competition Pwn2Own which will hold in Vancouver in March 2020.


Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3


The prize for successfully hacking a Tesla at the event will be a Model 3 Tesla and almost $1 million. In March 2019, a group of hackers won a Tesla Model 3 and $35,000 for hacking into its systems at the event.


Team ‘Fluoroacetate’, with Amat Cama and Richard Zhu as members, exposed a vulnerability in the vehicle system during the hacking competition. They targeted the Infotainment system on the Tesla Model 3.


Tesla says that the event will at least test and improve the vehicle maker’s security.

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The Zero Day Initiative is an event in which friendly hackers try to help companies improve their security systems. If an individual is able to completely hack into a Tesla Model 3, they get the car as part of Tier 1 prizes. They’ll also immediately earn a cash prize of $500,000 from ZDI.

Hacking a Tesla will earn hackers a massive payout in the various categories

If a contestant completes a few hacks in extra categories, they’ll earn up to $200,000 more on top of the car and $500,000 in prizes. These categories are “infotainment root persistence,” “autopilot root persistence” and “arbitrary control of the CAN Bus”.


Each area has its own prize money, but hacking all three adds up to $200,000.


The Tier 2 hacks involve compromising the infotainment, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or model. This will earn hackers, at most, $500,000 with extra tasks earning more cash. Tier 3 should only involve compromising a single subsystem.


Tesla is obviously very confident in its cybersecurity measures, however, it also wants to stay on top of things. Last year, Tesla said at the event that it values this kind of hands-on approach while it develops various layers of protection for its drivers, notably improving its over-the-air update strategy for security.


Hacking the Tesla will definitely not be easy, hence the massive payouts.


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