Terrible news for today! Cybersecurity researchers have announced that a group of hackers has managed to hijack the Tesla Autopilot. This cyber breach can have mortal implications because trough this cyber attack they can make your Tesla going into the wrong lane remotely.
The researchers’ report shows in detail how the Tesla Autopilot system engine control unit (ECU) can be hijacked through root security weaknesses in software version 18.6.1.
This dangerous security flaw gives hackers the perfect opportunity to inject malicious code into controlling mechanisms and remotely take control of the steering wheel even via a mobile device.
The only time the car protected in someway its passengers was when the APC (Automatic Parking Control) mode was activated and hackers could seize control of steering at roughly 8 KM/H. But when driving at high speeds, there were no limitations. Researchers were also able to show how the vehicle recognized traffic lanes by using computer vision and camera feeds to detect and navigate these lanes, and how the weakness of this systems could lead a Tesla car in the wrong direction.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
During the recent investigations was found another dangerous situation; by applying some simple stickers to a road surface, the Tesla’s vision system gets confused and, theoretically, could kill its passengers by going into oncoming traffic.
The flaw seems to be created by Tesla’s neural network which is used to detect lanes.
The good news is that Tesla was warned about these findings and now all the vulnerabilities are resolved.
The Tesla’s spokesperson only declaration about this outrageous cyber attack was: “is not a real concern given that a driver can easily override Autopilot at any time by using the steering wheel or brakes and should always be prepared to do so.”
The cybersecurity researchers strongly disagree with this declaration and suggests that more work must be put into the cars cybersecurity solutions because modern attack vectors can include exploits relating to Bluetooth, cellular connections, Wi-Fi, vendor interfaces, and external storage such as USB drives, and by using the majority of exploits available in the wild many people could suffer.
This isn’t the only time Tesla has been but the vehicle range’s computer systems are always evolving beyond Autopilot, just took a look at the new Tesla’s Model 3 Sentry Mode that caught a vandal in the act while she was scratching up the car, leading to her arrest, not so long ago.
We would continue to monitor these cybersecurity problems. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.