Researchers at Tencent’s Keen Security Lab had found a security flaw in Tesla cars that allowed control of car brakes and other less critical components from a remote location by attackers. They responsibly disclosed the flaw to Tesla’s security team which confirmed the flaw and has now issued fixes for it in it’s latest firmware version.
Tesla has urged car owners to update their car’s firmware to the latest version to stay immune from exploitation of the remote control flaw.
The researchers were able to open various Tesla cars’ sunroof, turn on the blinkers, move the car seat, and open doors, all while the cars were in parking mode. They also managed to control windshield wipers, fold the side rearview mirrors, open the trunk, and manipulate the brakes from a remote location 12 miles away.