Caught On Tape: Hackers Take Control Of A Moving Tesla From Miles Away

Tyler Durden's picture

Tesla can't seem to catch a break this year with multiple accidents blamed on the company's autopilot feature, earnings misses and huge cash burns on lower than expected deliveries that have resulted in the company hitting its bank "funding limit", and a controversial proposed merger with SolarCity.  Fortunately, none of this has really mattered to shareholders who keep supporting the stock near its all time highs. 

As such, we suspect that Chinese hackers posting the first-ever evidence on youtube that they can hack into moving Teslas and control the vehicles from miles away won't be of much concern to shareholders either. 

Nevertheless, we present the following startling footage of Tesla Model S vehicles being remotely controlled by hackers who demonstrate the ability to manipulate everything from overriding the internal displays to opening locked doors and slamming on the brakes while the car is moving.  Seems pretty safe, right?

The following footage shows a hacker slamming on the brakes of this Model S from 12 miles away.



Per Forbes, the hack by Tencent’s Keen Security Labs Team was the first demonstration of anyone proving they could remotely control vehicles, making the potential for real-world attacks a little more realistic.

Keen said it had informed Tesla’s security team of multiple vulnerabilities in the latest models running the most recent software. Moreover, the hacks were found to work on various versions of the Tesla Model S and are believed to also work across all marques.

A Tesla spokesperson acknowledged the Keen hack and said it had issued an over-the-air update to "address" the vulnerabilities even though the "risk to our customers was very low."

“Within just 10 days of receiving this report, Tesla has already deployed an over-the-air software update (v7.1, 2.36.31) that addresses the potential security issues.  The issue demonstrated is only triggered when the web browser is used, and also required the car to be physically near to and connected to a malicious wifi hotspot. Our realistic estimate is that the risk to our customers was very low, but this did not stop us from responding quickly.”

We agree, it's probably nothing to worry about.

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Billy Shears's picture

Sure it wasn't the Russians?

We Are The Priests's picture

Them's some funny lookin' Russians, but hey, We hear the Russians have way better camo than anybody else.

DeadFred's picture

If you've ever been to Vladivostok you've seen that a lot of Russians look like that

RAT005's picture

ZH owners., I was able to modify my PC browser so that I can keep visiting my favorite site but I have not figured out how to keep my Android device screen clear of adds so I can read the content.  Please solve the new advertisement platform quickly.  I'll miss you while you're getting it fixed. 

Huckleberry Pie's picture

Should I Short $TSLA, tomorrow?

VWAndy's picture

 Dont bet against the fiat magic.

glenlloyd's picture

Anyone who buys a car that can connect to other devices is just asking for trouble. Personally you couldn't give me one, I'd sell it if someone did, I prefer to drive something that can't be hacked.

Avon Musk can keep his pile-o-crap


Gold Eyed Cat's picture

Ohhhhh!  I suddenly understand why all these car companies are pushing driverless cars all of a sudden.  I kept thinking this is a product no one wants!  Now I see it's just more NWO, secret police, easier-than-a-nailgun, stuff.

VWAndy's picture

 Spooky shit man. And none of it is really nessasary. A car is at its most basic a simple tool. To do that is childsplay. The rest of it is fluff.

SafelyGraze's picture

dear rat005

we are working with keen labs to remote-control your browser so that better ad-targeting experiences will further enhance your webbifaction


"a blocked ad interferes with revenue models"

Manthong's picture

battery, coil, distributor cap, ignition points and a carbureator..

kind of hard to remotely hack.

J S Bach's picture

This driverless technology has always sacred the bejesus out of me.  I'd rather be out at 2:00 a.m. New Year's Eve with all the drunks on the road rather than allow computers to carry me along at 75 mph and at the mercy of any nerd hackers to derail me.  Mark Fields (((Finkelman))), Ford's CEO, has been pushing this for years stating that it is all just inevitable, so get used to it.  Sorry, not me.

VWAndy's picture

  The liability issue cannot be resolved with driverless cars. Its a chain yank. jmo

VWAndy's picture

 Some of those old fuel injection systems are so simple they had to work. K jetronic or the old syncronic fuel pump systems like on the 917 porsche. One of the most dominent race cars ever. There is nothing to hack on these basic systems. They run really good too.

armageddon addahere's picture

Or an old fashioned diesel Mercedes or VW, will run with NO electricity. Let them hack the fucking radio.

tuetenueggel's picture

Maybe that more and more US-Americans are too stupid to simply drive a car ?

giovanni_f's picture

"Sure it wasn't the Russians? "

Chinese subsidiary.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

you need to find an adblocker. So do I.

CorporateCongress's picture

Dude on android you have free adblock browser. All good

Freddie's picture

I hope the Russians do not hack Hillary's colostomy bag.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Named after the Beatle that (allegedly) replaced Paul McCartney, and an avatar of the JFK assassination by a 'lone gunman'.  I say give him points for creativity!  Two of the biggest conspiracies from the 60s wrapped into one!

Moustache Rides's picture

It's just awful seeing the exact moment a man's brains are blown out of his head.  I guess i'm old fashioned.  Didn't downvote you... It's just the exact moment that I dislike.

PT's picture

Great, a hackable car.  A "feature" that no-one asked for and no-one wanted but, before we know it, it will probably be impossible to avoid.  The time will soon be here where anyone who thinks that "free markets" exist will be punched in the face.  Old cars may also become appreciating assets.

sleigher's picture

I am buying a 1970 Dodge and paying to have it restored to new.  If I'm good to it my kids can drive it when I die.

Maybe a power wagon.  Or a Coronet actual wagon. 

BorisTheBlade's picture

Definitely a feature, not a bug. It will help to populate Mars with 1 million people:

auricle's picture

Old technology, Michael Hastings.

X_in_Sweden's picture
X_in_Sweden (not verified) auricle Sep 28, 2016 1:48 AM

My 1st though too.

Logged-in to confirm.


Published on Jun 22, 2013:

*Michael Hastings Car Hacked and Remotely Driven into a Tree to Murder Him?

Modern cars can be hacked into and their brakes, accelerator, and other functions remotely controlled. Many believe this is what killed journalist Michael Hastings, who was going into hiding after writing about the NSA spying on Americans.


Published on Jul 17, 2013:

*The FBI Murdered Journalist Michael Hastings Before He Reavealed New Government Info*

BabaLooey's picture

The NEW Tesla Remote Auto-FireStarterX!

chrsn's picture

What a great analogue for modern life in America.  Surrender your autonomy; enjoy your (shortened) life and let us handle the work.  

wisehiney's picture

Elon Musk is a great comedian.

He must be the new Gallagher.

Uses the "Sledge o Matic" on autos and rockets.

zeronetwork's picture

Investigative reporters, stay away from Tesla.

adr's picture

But Musk is going to send people to Mars because he made an animation and the Elonsuckers eat it up like the man already did it. 


RafterManFMJ's picture

I admire the man; he's a regular PT Barnum selling the hayseeds whatever slop they'll swallow.

And why not take free money from da gubermint? We know it's all fraud, open your hand with a wink and a nod.

You'll see it's all a show, keep 'em laughing as you go...

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Not just PT Barnum, he is also using Howard Hughes' gimmick, Batman's gimmick, and Ironman too!

HowdyDoody's picture

All the while using taxpayer subsidies to finance it (or something)


PT's picture

He's going to solve the world's over-population problem by sending people to Mars.  By leaving empty Mars-rocket ships laying about the place with the keys still in the ignition.  And now for some strange reason I keep thinking about a particular scene from Logan's Run.

Peak Finance's picture

OK, so, the reality of the situation is that the NSA / CIA had this remote control software intentionally installed as a backdoor, so they can assassinate anyone they need to who has a tesla "at will" and make it look like an accident.  

Too bad the hackers somehow found out about it. 

OLD-Pipe's picture

A wanna be group of geeks stage a fake hack, make a video, and all the trolls on ZH marvel at their fakery......Goebels and the big lie...repeat it enough......if it's doable, publish the findings so other hacktivists can duplicate and validate......otherwise F.O. & D.

CCanuck's picture

If it was a "fake hack" why did tesla acknowledge.


ersatz007's picture

Maybe Ted Kaczinsky had a point...

El Vaquero's picture

I'll stick with my OBD I.  

gregga777's picture

I'm sure that despite Tesla's efforts there are still security gaps in their software. I foresee a demand for freelance hackers for hire to assassinate Tesla owners. I wonder how many successful and attempted assassinations have already occurred?

Peak Finance's picture


Tesla's efforts there are still security gaps in their software.

I don't agree

It's not a bug or security gap, it's a complete design failure. There is ZERO REASON for the,  umm, what do you call it in a car, avionics? (lol) to be connected in any way for any reason to an "open" internet or any wireless connection, and, the avionics should be in firmware, not easily changable. It's too important to be fucked with on the fly.

It's a disgrace, or, it's intentional like i said in my last post. 

PT's picture

It is an intentional disgrace and I doubt it is being limited to Teslas.  I wonder how soon it will be before "someone hacked my car" becomes a legitimate defence in traffic cases.