Following many months of research, security researchers out of China this week announced that they successfully managed to hack a Tesla Model S and assume control over many of the vehicle’s controls. The hack was disclosed by researchers from Keen Security Lab who noted that their remote exploit worked whether or not a targeted Model S was parked or driving.
The researchers note that the exploit works by compromising the car’s CAN bus, a process which begins when a targeted Model S user connects to a malicious Wi-Fi network via the car’s built-in web browser. Following that, the researchers demonstrated how they were able to remotely control many aspects of a hacked Model S, including being able to open the trunk, the sunroof, and perhaps most worrisome, apply the brakes whiles the car is in motion. In another dangerous scenario, researchers were able to change the orientation of the Tesla’s side-view mirrors while it was changing lanes.