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Teen claims he has hacked into more than 25 Teslas in 13 different countries

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A hacker aged 19 claims he was capable of remotely opening the doors and windows more than 25 Tesla vehicles from 13 countries. He can also turn on their radios and flash their headlights. “keyless driving.”

David Colombo, who says he is an IT specialist based in Germany, also claims to have been able to disable the vehicles’ anti-theft systems and see if a driver is inside the car.

Colombo claimed that he had originally claimed to have “full remote control”Tweeted about Teslas Monday. He later clarified that it was impossible for him to take over cars. “remotely control steering or acceleration and braking.”

“Yes, I potentially could unlock the doors and start driving the affected Tesla’s,”He tweeted. “No I can not intervene with someone driving (other than starting music at max volume or flashing lights) and I also can not drive these Tesla’s remotely.”

Colombo tweeted Tuesday that his hack was “not a vulnerability in Tesla’s infrastructure”But, rather “it’s the owners faults.”He tweeted Monday, “He had tweeted that.” “There seems to be no way to find the owners and report it to them.”

So, I now have full remote control of over 20 Tesla’s in 10 countries and there seems to be no way to find the owners and report it to them…

— David Colombo (@david_colombo_) January 10, 2022

Colombo claimed that he had been contacted by Tesla officials, who are currently investigating the matter.

Tesla has been reached out by The Post for comment.

Colombo’s Twitter thread went viral, racking up more than 6,600 reactions, 1,300 shares, and nearly 300 responses.

Colombo says he was able to remotely control locking and unlocking doors, opening windows, and disabling the anti-theft system.davidcolombo/Twitter

According to his LinkedIn page Colombo is a cybersecurity specialist. He claims that he “wrote my first piece of code at the age of 10” and that his company’s goal is to “help every business to get protected from the ever-evolving and dangerous threat actors in the cyber space.”

Last fall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk pledged that he would work with regulators on ensuring that electric car drivers’ personal data is protected from the threat of hackers.

With the rapid growth of autonomous driving technologies, data security of vehicles is drawing more public concerns than ever before,” he told an electric vehicle conference in China via remote hookup.

By the year 2025, there will be an estimated 470 million vehicles that will be connected to a computerized database — making them ripe targets for cybercriminals.

Tech Monitor predicts that the automotive cybersecurity market will be worth approximately $4 billion by the end of this year.

Colombo claimed that he had been able to disable Sentry Mode on Twitter. This anti-theft technology uses a built-in camera as a de facto alarm.

Cameras start recording the vehicle’s surroundings once the alert is triggered. The footage is then beamed to the vehicle’s owner through a mobile app.

Colombo said the hack was not due to any vulnerability in Tesla’s infrastructure but was rather the result of the “owners’ faults.”REUTERS

“I could also query the exact location, see if a driver is present and so on,”Colombo tweeted his message.

“The list is pretty long.”

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