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Calling All Hackers!

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On: Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 7:09AM | By: Karen Cook

Calling All Hackers!

There’s a huge challenge with a “huger” reward available to all hackers. If you happen to be in Beijing this week and you think you have exceptional hacking skills, stop by the 2014 SyScan Conference. There’s $10,000 on the table for anyone who can hack into the computer inside a Tesla Model S.

Computer geeks have been accessing company computers from outside the company for decades. Most of them are harmless and just want to see if it can be done. They are actually helpful in that the companies can see where they have holes in their cyber defenses; plugging them up is what furthers progress in this area of technology. This helps protect you and me from having personal information fall into the hands of the geeks who aren’t so harmless.

The Conference takes place on July 16th and 17th. The contest requires participants to remotely access the 17-inch touchscreen display unit inside the Model S. The onboard computer uses the driver’s cell phone to provide a constant data signal which allows internet connection and facilitates other controls for the vehicle.

In order to claim the prize, hackers must be able to surf the internet and control vehicle functions via the display unit in the car from a separate location. The Tesla Company is not involved in this contest but could benefit from the findings if anyone is successful at hacking its system. Those in the know feel that it is unlikely the money will be paid out. The consensus is that Tesla has installed security measures which will make a hack impossible.


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