Tesla car hacked by Security Experts

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Tesla is the latest car manufacturer to have one of its models hacked

Tesla has issued a software update for its model S car after two researchers found a way to subvert its onboard systems.

It is the second time in a month that a car maker has had to act to solve security problems with its vehicles uncovered by hackers. In the latest instance, the researchers were able to shut off the car and force it to stop.

Tesla said that it has addressed all six vulnerabilities and that it had worked closely with the security community to protect its systems.

Marc Rogers, of security firm Cloudflare, and Kevin Mahaffey, from Lookout, have released information about problems they found in Tesla’s Model S vehicle. Details of their work will be disclosed at the Def Con hacker conference currently under way in Las Vegas.

The researchers praised Tesla for the way the vehicle handled the bogus commands and how the car maker responded to their findings.

Tesla said in a statement:

“Our well-developed safeguards protect every layer of our vehicle and network security system, including for the mobile app, Tesla’s servers, and the car itself.

“Through our responsible reporting process, a dedicated team of top-notch Tesla security professionals works closely with the researcher community to ensure that we continue to protect our systems against vulnerabilities by constantly stress-testing, validating, and updating our safeguards.”

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