Facepalm: This week, a teen reported that he has gained distant entry to round two dozen Tesla automobiles in a number of international locations and is attempting to contact their homeowners. The record of issues he can do to the affected autos is lengthy and harmful.

Nineteen-year-old IT safety specialist David Columbo reported in a Twitter thread Monday and Tuesday that he gained full management of over 25 Teslas in 13 international locations with out their homeowners understanding. He doesn’t need to disclose precisely how he did it till he studies the vulnerability to the non-profit Mitre. Nonetheless, Columbo did say it was attributable to errors on the homeowners’ half, not a safety flaw in Tesla’s software program.

Columbo stated he may search the exact location of every automotive, disable their safety, open their doorways and home windows even whereas they’re on the highway, play music and YouTube movies at full quantity, and extra. Whereas Columbo can’t remotely drive the automobiles, he may steal them if he have been at their bodily areas. Tesla’s safety workforce has already informed Columbo they’re wanting into it.

Regardless that Columbo says this is not Tesla’s fault, it may nonetheless be a PR situation for the corporate, portray the automobiles as ever extra susceptible in customers’ minds. Close to the tip of final 12 months, Tesla recalled a big variety of autos offered within the US over trunk lid issues. This incident may additionally have an effect on the event of Tesla’s self-driving mode, which continues to be in beta.

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