“By infecting a Tesla owner’s phone with Android malware, a car thief can hack and then steal a Tesla car, security researchers have revealed this week,” Catalin Cimpanu reports for BleepingComputer.
“Previous attempts to hack Tesla cars attacked the vehicle’s on-board software itself. This is how Chinese security researchers from Keen Lab have managed to hack a Tesla Model S last month, allowing an attacker to control a car from 12 miles away,” Cimpanu reports. “Security experts from Norwegian security firm Promon have taken a different approach, and instead of trying complicated attacks on the car’s firmware, they have chosen to go after Tesla’s Android app that many car owners use to interact with their vehicle.”
“Since the attacker has already rooted the user’s phone, the attacker can alter the Tesla app and send a copy of the victim’s username and password to the attacker,” Cimpanu reports. “With this data in hand, the attacker can perform a series of actions, such as using the car’s keyless driving functionality and start the engine, open doors, or track the car on the road. Other actions are also theoretically possible, but researchers haven’t tested all of them.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Now you just have to find a fragmandroid cheapskate who owns a $70,000+ Tesla.
Good luck with that.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edison Carter” for the heads up.]