Tencent researchers exploit vulnerabilities in Tesla Model S to remotely attack the car

Tencent researchers exploit vulnerabilities in Tesla Model S to remotely attack the car

Tencent researchers exploit vulnerabilities in Tesla Model S to remotely attack the car

In a blog post published on Monday, cyber-security researchers from Chinese tech firm Tencent Holding's Keen Security Lab revealed that they have uncovered a series of security vulnerabilities in Tesla Motors' Model S sedan which enabled them to remotely attack the car.

According to the details shared by the researchers in the blog post, which was accompanied by a demonstration video, it was possible to remotely attack a Tesla Model S by combining the several security vulnerabilities found in the car.

The researchers said that the remote attack on Tesla Model S allowed them to control the car's central display, door locks, sunroof, and even its braking system.

In addition, researchers claimed that the attack also gave them the ability to access the hacked Tesla Model S car's controller area network (CAN) bus, with facilitates the communication between the car's specialized computers.

About the attack, researchers said in the blog post: "As far as we know, this is the first case of remote attack which compromises CAN Bus to achieve remote controls on Tesla cars." The researchers also added that they have "verified the attack vector on multiple varieties of Tesla Model S," and said that it can be reasonably assumed that "other Tesla models are affected."