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Tesla Phones Home

Catching up on the news this weekend I came across a piece by an automotive reviewer who found an ethernet port in his Tesla Model S. By hooking up to that port and poking around a bit, he found some fun stuff. The Model S runs, partly, on a Linux distribution with services like SSH, HTTP and X11 providing some of the car’s functionality. Further he was able to access the system and run some of his own commands. That’s pretty cool and gets me thinking about the possibility that the car can be jailbroken.

This discovery brings up the obvious concerns for the security of the system and speculation about whether components such as the accelerator, steering or braking system could be hacked compromising the safety of the vehicle. These are valid concerns, and although the...

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