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Hackers Win Tesla Car For Exposing System Error

The EV-maker was fairly quick to fix vulnerabilities exposed by white hat hackers

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Electric Vehicle (EV)-maker Tesla had to give away one of their Model 3 cars and $35,000 prize money to a group of hackers after they managed to crack its system during a hacking event.

Amat Cama and Richard Zhu of team Fluoroacetate exposed a vulnerability in the vehicle system during the Pwn2Own 2019 hacking competition, organised by Trend Micro’s “Zero Day Initiative (ZDI)”, held here this week.

The hackers targeted the infotainment system on the Tesla Model 3 and used a “JIT bug in the renderer” to take control of the system, Electrek reported on Saturday.

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Tesla cars recharge at a Tesla station at a shopping center in Charlotte, N.C., June 24, 2017. Buyers of Tesla’s luxury models have access to a company-funded Supercharger network. VOA

“Since launching our bug bounty programme in 2014, we have continuously increased our investments into partnerships with security researchers to ensure that all Tesla owners constantly benefit from the brightest minds in the community,” the report quoted David Lau, Vice President of Vehicle Software at Tesla as saying.

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As part of Tesla’s bug bounty programme, the company had given away hundreds of thousands of dollars in rewards to hackers who exposed vulnerabilities in its systems.

The EV-maker was fairly quick to fix vulnerabilities exposed by white hat hackers, the report said. (IANS)

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Tesla Launches “Easy to Install” Home Solar System

The company has been making pricing simpler, more transparent, and have been pushing the energy products more actively

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More recently, Tesla launched a solar rental service under which homeowners can get a solar panel system for just $50 per month, according to the Electrek. Wikimedia Commons

Electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla has unveiled a 15.4 kW solar system suitable for 4,000 plus sqft and above homes as part of its attempt to revamp the solar business.

It’s suitable for homes that were paying $340-460 per month for electricity, the MSPower User reported on Friday.

Earlier in September, the EV maker had launched simplified solar power offerings that were easier to install at homes.

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Electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla has unveiled a 15.4 kW solar system suitable for 4,000 plus sqft and above homes as part of its attempt to revamp the solar business. Wikimedia Commons

More recently, Tesla launched a solar rental service under which homeowners can get a solar panel system for just $50 per month, according to the Electrek.

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The company has been making pricing simpler, more transparent, and have been pushing the energy products more actively. (IANS)

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