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Representatives from Tesla Motors Inc., say the company will be investigating and rectifying any vulnerabilities discovered as a result of a hacking contest in Beijing starting today, of which the Tesla Model S sedan is the key target.
According to The Chicago Tribune, Qihoo 360 Technology Co. has found ways to remotely control the Tesla car’s locks, horn, headlights and skylight while the car is in motion.
In an emailed statement, Tesla Motors says “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. We hope that the security researchers will act responsibly and in good faith.”
The carmaker has also requested that security researchers report vulnerabilities in accordance with its policy and not to hack its website, servers and networks.
The conference is offering $10,000 to anyone who successfully hacks into the Model S.