Car maker Tesla seeks 30 full-time hackers to break into its cars

By Peter Gothard
21 Aug 2014 View Comments
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Electric sports car maker Tesla has put out a public call for up to 30 full-time new employees from the hacking community to work on breaking its "Internet of Things"-based vehicles.

The company's vehicles all contain internet connections, with over-the-air software updates. Everything inside the car can be controlled via a large touchscreen.

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Hackers at the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas, Nevada last week already managed to take control of Tesla Model S lights, horns and sunroofs, much to the apparent delight of Tesla staff, who began handing out personal mentions on the company's website, as well as "challenge coins" to successful hackers, netting them free tours of the company's factory in Fremont, California.

This week, the company has stated its intention to hire up to 30 full-time hackers to keep on testing its connected technology as a career. 

"Our security team is focused on advancing technology to secure connected cars, setting new standards for security, and creating new capabilities for connected cars that don't currently exist in the automotive industry," Tesla spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean told Car and Driver.com.

The first successful hack of a Tesla Model S took place back in July, at the hands of Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 Security Technology. Unfortunately, members of the company were unwilling to elaborate on exactly how they'd achieved the hacks, instead simply warning people not to drive in the rain in case the sunroof "suddenly opened". 

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