Teslas: Keyless Entry Systems Easy to Hack, Cars Easy to Steal within Minutes — Researchers Demonstrate

By B.N. Frank

Teslas remain popular despite the growing list of problems associated with them. There have been numerous reports about models crashing and/or catching fire. Owners have reported other scary driving situations as well (see 1, 2).

NHTSA has started an investigation into complaints about faulty suspension systems. Consumer Reports has decided to NOT recommend two of the company’s models.

Additionally troubling and NOT breaking news – Teslas are easy to hack and steal.

From Threatpost:

Tesla Hacked and Stolen Again Using Key Fob

Belgian researchers demonstrate third attack on the car manufacturer’s keyless entry system, this time to break into a Model X within minutes.

Researchers have demonstrated for the third time how hacking into the key fob of a Tesla can allow someone to access and steal the car in minutes. The new attack again shows a security vulnerability in the keyless entry system of one of the most expensive electric vehicles (EVs) on the market.

Researchers from the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COIC), an Imec research group at the University of Leuven in Belgium, have “discovered major security flaws” in the key fob of the Tesla Model X, the small device that allows someone to automatically unlock the car by approaching the vehicle or pressing a button.

The research team includes PhD student Lennert Wouters, who already has demonstrated two attacks on the keyless entry technology of the Tesla Model S that succeeded in unlocking and starting vehicles. Tesla sells some of the most state-of-the-art EVs available, ranging in cost from about $40,000 for the most basic models to more than $100,000 for a top-of-the-line Tesla Model X.

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