This Bluetooth Attack Can Steal a Tesla Model X in Minutes

by | November 24, 2020 | Cybersecurity News

The company is rolling out a patch for the vulnerabilities, which allowed one researcher to break into a car in 90 seconds and drive away.

While there is a continuous work on the cars’ security systems, and vulnerabilities that arise and are quickly patched, the “bad guys” are always in search of new exploits:

“The hardware kit necessary to pull off the heist cost Wouters around $300, fits inside a backpack, and is controlled from the thief’s phone. In just 90 seconds, the hardware can extract a radio code that unlocks the owner’s Model X. Once the car thief is inside, a second, distinct vulnerability Wouters found would allow the thief to pair their own key fob with the victim’s vehicle after a minute’s work and drive the car away.”

Lennert Wouters, a security researcher at Belgian university KU Leuven

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