Hacking News Hackers Do the Dirty to Another Tesla Model 3

Published on June 28th, 2019 📆 | 8233 Views ⚑

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Hackers Do the Dirty to Another Tesla Model 3

It’s Elon Musk’s birthday today, so we’ve decided to wish him well and say congratulations on Tesla Motors convincing the U.S. Commerce Department to waive the 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum so it can build more battery cells at the company’s Nevada Gigafactory. However, what would birthday well-wishing be without the all-important pinch to grow an inch?

Another Model 3 has been hacked, this time without the manufacturer’s blessing. We’re equating it to a mild goosing. Regulus Cyber, a company specializing in digital security, decided to give the Tesla (and a Model S) a shakedown by seeing if they could fool the car’s navigational equipment and upset/confuse Autopilot to the point of failure.

Let’s see how they did. 

According to Bloomberg, the company purchased some readily available electronics equipment and got to work. Regulus Cyber’s own account, said these items were a $150 Analog Devices ADALM-PLUTO Active Learning Module (for jamming) and a $400 Nuand bladeR (for spoofing). Both of which you can buy online with a valid credit card.

The plan was simple: jam the car from receiving a legitimate GPS signal and spoof the system with falsified data. In the test, Regulus claimed it was able to trick the car into pulling off the highway. While cruising to a previously established location using Autopilot, the firm said it swapped in garbage GPS information that redirected the vehicle to a point 150 meters before an exit it was originally supposed to take.

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