Your Tesla Can Be Stolen in a Matter of Minutes Due to Certain Flaws in Your System

A hacker could breach the electric vehicle in just a few minutes, with the necessary knowledge and equipment, according to Lennert Wouters.
Your Tesla Can Be Stolen in a Matter of Minutes Due to Certain Flaws in Your System
Image credit: Depositphotos.com

Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox

Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now!
Entrepreneur Staff
2 min read
This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

A doctoral student in the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC) group at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) has revealed the weaknesses in the Tesla Model X system.

 

Wouters confirms that it is possible to rewrite the firmware of the car key through a bluetooth connection and in this way extract the unlock codes from it, all of the above in just 90 seconds. Once inside the vehicle, it is only connected to a computer to a port accessible through a small panel found under the screen. Finally, match a fake key and steal it. The previously mentioned does not require complex tools.

 

“Basically, a combination of the two vulnerabilities allows a hacker to steal a Model X in a few minutes. When you combine them, you get a much more powerful attack, ”says Wouters Wired.

 

According to this computer expert, it is enough to be able to read the identification number of the car, which in most cases is visible through the windshield on the vehicle's dashboard, only approaching an average of five meters from the original key.

 

With only approximately 300 dollars you can acquire the necessary tools to carry out the theft, in addition to being able to hide them in a small backpack keeping a control from the hacker's mobile.

 

A video is included in which the actions detailed above are demonstrated:

 

 

In August, Wouters issued a warning of his findings to the company Tesla, which is now working on an update to its system in order to prevent it from being possible to complete at least one of the two steps necessary to steal the car. However, this solution could take an average of a month to protect the Model X vehicles in danger, says the specialist.

More from Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur Select: A Fund For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs require more than just money, which is why we aim to empower you, as well as act as a catalyst for value creation.

Entrepreneur Insider members enjoy exclusive access to business resources for just $5/mo:
  • Premium articles, videos, and webinars
  • An ad-free experience
  • A weekly newsletter
  • Bonus: A FREE 1-year Entrepreneur magazine subscription delivered directly to you
Make sure you’re covered for physical injuries or property damage at work by
  • Providing us with basic information about your business
  • Verifying details about your business with one of our specialists
  • Speaking with an agent who is specifically suited to insure your business

Latest on Entrepreneur