Tesla Motors Inc. has fixed the software bugs on the Model S which allowed Chinese 'white-hat hackers' to remotely hack into the electric car. The hackers were able to break into Model S' control system and disrupt actions including turn signals, seat position, the door lock system and the displays.
Tesla's spokesperson was quick to issue a statement confirming that the risk to the customers was very low; however, that did not stop them from responding quickly to fix the bug. Tesla, based out of Palo Alto, California is able to push out security fixes "over the air" and directly to its cars' computing systems, this is done without the customers walking into a repair shop.
The fix was done within 10 days of receiving the report. The cyber-security researchers from Keen Security Lab, part of China's Tencent Holdings Ltd., had published a video and a blog post which showed they were able to remotely hack into the Model S' controller area network bus and compromise its control systems.
Unlike most auto manufacturers, Tesla's "over the air fixes" means the risk from vulnerabilities was reduced to an impressive close to zero across the user base. Also, thanks to hackers who were able to expose the bug which helped the company fix the bud immediately.