Hackers will compete to compromise Tesla's Model S Sedan

While Tesla isn't quite giving its official seal of approval, it pledges to rectify any weaknesses uncovered in the competition

SyScan +360, a competition being held in Beijing, is offering US$10,000 (£5,850) to anyone able to hack the Tesla Model S sedan. Beijing-based security company Qihoo 360 Technology Co. has stated that the Model S’s locks, horns, headlights and skylights could be controlled remotely even while the car is in motion.

That said – perhaps for ethical considerations – the firm has remained light on the actual specifics. Wu Jing, a director of investor relations, only stated it vaguely as findings of their information technology department.

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It's OK, we'll fix what you can break

As supportive as can be, Tesla Motors has stated it will rectify and investigate any confirmed vulnerabilities that surface through the competition. In an email, the company also urged the security researchers to act responsibly and in good faith.

The email goes on to say, “while Tesla is not associated with the conference and is not a sponsor of the competition, we support the idea of providing an environment in which responsible security researchers can help identify potential vulnerabilities.” Hack the car and report your findings responsibly (following company procedure, mind you) so we won’t have to pay for quality testing please and thank you. Being somewhat aware of the fine line they’re pushing, the email ends with an urgent plea not to target Tesla’s networks, servers or website.

Last month, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk said their car’s patents will be open source and free of charge as the company seeks widespread adoption of electric cars. Indeed, with open source car blueprints we only need the right 3D printer to finally realise the golden age of downloadable cars.

The company had begun shipping cars to China in April and will hope to match volumes in the US by 2015.

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[Source: Chicago Tribune]

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