A cybersecurity expert showed how he could steal a Tesla car. All he needed for this was a laptop.
Sultan Qasim Khan, who works for cybersecurity company NCC Group has proved that Tesla cars are vulnerable to hijackers, Reuters reports.
The published video shows how Sultan Qasim Khan uses a transponder connected to a laptop to gain access to the car, bypassing the owner’s phone.
And it only took the expert a few seconds to seize the Tesla. And while earlier similar types of hijackings involved hacking a car key fob, in this case, the hacker broke into a smartphone, which was connected to Tesla via BLE protocol – it was assured that it was well protected against such attacks.
“Essentially, the systems that people rely on to protect their cars, homes, and personal data use Bluetooth authentication mechanisms that can be easily hacked with cheap off-the-shelf hardware,” NCC Group said in a statement.