Tesla’s cars may be high-tech, but that doesn’t mean they’re foolproof when it comes to security. In this footage, a duo of car bandits hack into a Model S using a tablet and phone to commandeer signals from the car’s keyfob.
Anthony Kennedy was the carjacking’s victim. He posted surveillance video to YouTube in an effort to highlight how enterprising thieves can remotely access Tesla keyfobs, overcome their encryption, and pop open the car’s doors. The bandits hit a hiccup when they couldn’t figure out how to detach the car’s charger, but still managed to drive into the night at an alarmingly quick pace.
Unfortunately for Kennedy, the hackers either removed the car’s SIM card, or blocked its access to the internet, rendering it un-trackable. In June, Tesla unveiled “Pin to Drive” and improved cryptology for its keyfobs to guard against hacks, although its apparent that the security protocol can only do its job if its switched on.