[Oct 23, 2018]
Hackers steal a Tesla Model S car by intercepting the signal from car’s key fob with a tablet to unlock and start the car.
The car was stolen by capturing its passive entry that used to automatically unlock the car when approached with the key.
Antony Kennedy who lives in Essex had the car only for nine months, the thieves steal the car parked in his driveway and he happens to see the thieves stealing the car through security cameras.
Kennedy told Motherboard that he called Tesla first and Tesla said they can’t do anything as the car is offline. He admitted that he did not activate the Tesla’s PIN to Drive feature and the thieves removed the SIM card or blocked.
Cyber Security Tips:
- Tesla owners should keep the key fob in a Faraday pouch that blocks signals, ensure the PIN to drive feature is enabled and to disable the passive entry feature.