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Chinese Researchers Hack Tesla S Models, Expose Bugs

Automaker fixes security risks after Tencent Holdings uncover vulnerabilities in both parking and drive mode.

Security bugs identified in Tesla S models have been fixed by the company using over-the-air updates within days of the discovery, reports Reuters. The vulnerabilities were uncovered by Chinese security researchers at Tencent Holdings Ltd's Keen Security Lab, who wrote about it on their blog, including a video demo.

Tencent researchers, says Reuters, hacked the onboard computer of a Tesla S and took remote control of the vehicle; believed to be the first to do so. They then demonstrated engaging the brake on the moving vehicle and operating its trunk and windshield wipers.

The researchers said the vehicle could be manipulated in both park and drive mode.

Tesla responded fast, but claimed the vulnerabilities could be exploited only under certain conditions.

Read details at Reuters.

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