Hackers Being Offered $10,000 to Hack a Tesla Model S
With the advent of in-car computing and connectivity, one big concern being voiced is the possibility of hackers accessing your car. Many automakers have their own standards for encryption compliance, but a security company is stepping things up by rewarding hackers for attempting to hack the Model S.
According to Carscoops, a competition is being organized at the SyScan conference in Beijing, July 16-17. This competition will feature hackers attempting to break the digital defenses of the Tesla Model S, and there is even a $10,000 prize involved.
This competition has not been sanctioned by Tesla (at least publicly), and the $10,000 prize comes from the organizers of the conference. Though this is unsanctioned, we do not believe there are any dubious intentions.
Hackers will have a Model S, a few computers, but the rest is really on the fly. We wonder if and how hackers might break into, and take over, a Model S, but we would also be curious to see how Tesla responds. The company is quite innovative, and might embrace these efforts rather than condemn them.
In the meantime, consider this video from March on the potential vulnerabilities of the Model S: