This Bluetooth Attack Can Steal a Tesla Model X in Minutes

  • 12th Jan'21
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Bluetooth Attack Can Steal a Tesla Model X in Minutes


Source: Fortune


A security researcher at Belgian university KU Leuven, Lennert Wouters, revealed a collection of security vulnerabilities that he found in Tesla Model X cars and their keyless entry fobs. As per his findings, any car thief who manages to read a car's vehicle identification number (VIN), which is typically visible on a car's dashboard through the windshield can easily exploit those combined vulnerabilities. It is just a matter of 90 seconds to hack and steal a Tesla Model X through a Bluetooth-connected key fob. 

According to Wouters's findings, a flaw in the firmware update process of Tesla Model X key fobs is the reason behind this. It is very easy to exploit this flaw using an electronic control unit (ECU) salvaged from an older Model X vehicle, which can be easily acquired online or at any stores selling used Tesla car parts. This EUC can be modified to trick a victim's key fob into believing the ECU belonged to its paired vehicle and then push a malicious firmware update to the key fob via the BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) protocol.

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