Tesla Attends Hackers Meet to Defend its High-Tech Cars

Published By : 10 Aug 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Def Con Conference, the world’s largest gathering of hackers in Las Vegas, saw attendance of automobile giant Tesla. The California-based auto manufacturer attended the infamous event for the second year in a row to recruit talent to protect its high-tech electric cars against cyber-attacks. The car maker also let the hackers to assess the cyber security of its Model S sedan at the event. Tesla’s attendance in the event came at a time when rival Fiat Chrysler has recalled its vehicles to secure a loophole that might let the hackers remotely command the car. 

According to Tesla’s Khobi Brooklyn, the company wants to be part of the hacking community to collaborate with and recruit from the community. He further added that the community is immensely important to the high-tech car manufacturers such as Tesla. The company attended the event with its recruiting team as well as security team. 

The cars developed by Tesla are highly computerized. Latest features and software updates are installed in the car through wireless internet connections. Brooklyn mentioned that Tesla has worked with Lookout Mobile Security to enhance the cyber security of the sedans developed by the car manufacturer. Kevin Mahaffey, the chief technology officer and co-founder of Lookout along with Marc Rogers from CloudFlare online security firm participated in a presentation on Tesla software defence flaws that were identified and shared with the company. Brooklyn stated that the rising connectivity of the cars has led the car manufacturers to continuously test and improve the features and enhance the security of the cars. 

Last month, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had to recall 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. as hackers showed that they could remotely control the car. 
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