More and more connected, cars offer new entryways to hackers. This is shown by the story of David Colombo, a young man of 19, who would have succeeded in taking control of 25 Tesla in 13 different countries.
Relayed by the Auto Moto site, the disturbing coup de force of this hacker was noticed by the car manufacturer itself and which has since asked him to collaborate with its engineers.
David Colombo was first noticed on Twitter where he explained that he had managed to find a flaw in the software of the American brand’s electric vehicles.
If he does not reveal the details of his discovery, he claims to have been able to unlock the doors, turn on the headlights and lower the electric windows. But the hacking is much more worrying, this vulnerability of the system has indeed made it possible to start the vehicle remotely and to disarm all the security systems. It can even know, thanks to the on-board computer, if a driver is seated at the wheel, before carrying out certain tasks which could prove to be dangerous.
Find a solution with Tesla
If he quickly shared his worrying discovery, it is first of all because David Colombo wished to alert Tesla in a benevolent manner, so that the manufacturer can resolve the problem as quickly as possible.
On his Twitter profile, the young man presents himself as a specialist in the security of high-tech products and boss of his company Colombo Tech. The American media also point out that Tesla quickly contacted him to correct this flaw.