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Hackers break into the web browser of the Tesla car to win a Model 3

Well, it's definitely a way to make yourself a Model 3: hackers successfully exploited a vulnerability in the Tesla ' s browser in the car at the Pwn2Own hacking competition, making themselves one of the electric cars ' s earned as a prize.

TechCrunch reports that Richard Zhu and Amat Cam – also known as the Fluoroacetate team – were able to bypass various security measures to display a message in the browser.

Tesla has said it will provide a solution to the bug to prevent it from being exploited in the future. Meanwhile, the Fluoroacetate team walked away from Pwn2Own with around $ 375,000 (around £ 283,700 or AU $ 529,100) in prize money, as well as their new car.

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"We understand that this demonstration took an extraordinary amount of effort and ability, and we thank these researchers for their work to help us ensure that our cars are the safest way today," Tesla said in a statement.

Browser changes

It is worth pointing out that the bug that Zhu and Cam exploited was limited to the browser – they could not take over the car or something like that.

At the same hacking conference, hundreds of thousands of dollars were paid for bugs discovered in Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Windows, VMware Workstation, and Mozilla Firefox.

CEO Elon Musk has announced in other Tesla browser-related news on Twitter that the in-car software would soon make the switch to Chromium – the same open source code on which Google Chrome is built.

Whether that makes the browser even safer remains to be seen, but as always, try not to surf the internet and at the same time drive a car.

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