Tesla Announces Software Update Following Remote Hack
Just after a third party security team uncovered a number of security vulnerabilities involving Tesla vehicles, the electric car maker has announced that it has a new range of updates for its car owners. Does this mean that Tesla vehicles can’t be hacked remotely anymore?Advertisement
“V8.0 starts downloading tonight. Release will be gradual to make sure there aren’t small regressions. Many car configs, many environments.”
This is the message Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk released via Twitter. He also explained that it is a “major overhaul on almost every level compared to V7.” On that note, it is possible that the company has already addressed a number of major issues when it comes to their vehicles becoming easily controllable by a hacker even from 12 miles away.
As Morning News USA has previously reported, a team of researchers from Keen Security Lab recently revealed that they have discovered “multiple security vulnerabilities” on a number of Tesla vehicle models.
In a video, they illustrated how they could easily control a Tesla’s sunroof, seat adjustment and steering lights even if they are not inside the vehicle. More disturbing, they also showed that with Tesla’s current system, they could easily access and engage the vehicle’s brakes even from 12 miles away.
Following this, the team at Keen Security Lab had said that they were already coordinating with the Tesla Security Team regarding the issues they have uncovered.
One might readily assume that this update has something to do with the recent hack findings from Keen Security. However, The Verge reports that the V8.0 update is more targeted towards the Tesla software. This was originally intended to be released back in August 31, but the explosion incident of Musk’s SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket delayed it.
Meanwhile, the company is said to be currently working on a hardware update. They also reportedly plan to add more radar sensors and cameras to their vehicles.