19-year-old took full control of about 20 Teslas – exploited safety holes

A security hole in a third-party software is said to have given a teenager control over important functions in about 20 cars.

19-year-old David Colombo, a self-proclaimed IT security expert from Germany, is said to have found a security problem in third-party software that allowed him to hack into and take control of more than 25 Tesla cars in 13 countries.

Colombo should, among other things, have been able to open doors and windows, turn off the security systems, check the sound system and headlights and even start the cars, he writes on Twitter. He should also have been able to see if someone is sitting in the hacked car or not.

Columbo believes that the problem is not due to Tesla’s IT infrastructure, but that it is “the owners’ fault”.

The newspaper Bloomberg writes that Colombo shared screenshots and other documentation about how he got into their cars, but asked them not to publish any details before the security hole was plugged.

The problem should not have anything to do with Tesla’s own system, but applies to software from an unnamed outside company that must have used insecure methods to store the sensitive information needed to give the software access to the cars.

– This sheep not happen. Especially not when we post cars on the internet and try to make them safer, Colombo tells Bloomberg.

Tesla has not commented on the matter publicly, but according to Colombo, he has been in contact with the car manufacturer, who has announced that they are investigating the matter.

The day after Colombos discovery, Tesla is said to have withdrawn thousands of so-called security tokens, a type of electronic keys used to give outside apps access to the car’s system. This means that those who use them must log in and re-verify them before they can be used again.

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