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Researchers Get Free Tesla For Finding Infotainment System Bug

Home > Security News > Vulnerabilities Tesla awarded two researchers a car after they found a vulnerability in the vehicle’s infotainment system which allowed them to commandeer the vehicle. The exploit was found during the Pwn2Own hacking event held in Vancouver during which Tesla was the first automaker to participate and ultimately led to the researchers receiving $375,000 in prizes, including a free Model 3 for their efforts. Researchers Amat Cama and Richard Zhu of team Fluoroacetate discovered a “JIT bug in the renderer” that allowed them to exploit the vehicle. Tesla also recently increased the payouts on its bug bounty program and now offers up to $15,000. Tesla also ensured researchers that their warranties would not be voided when a vehicle is hacked for “pre-approved good faith security research.”“Since launching our bug bounty program in 2014 – the first to include a connected consumer vehicle– we have continuously increased our investments into...(continued)
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