Tesla Is Giving Away a Model 3
You can unlock a Tesla Model 3 by walking up to it with your phone in your pocket or by tapping a key card on the side of the car door. But there may be another way in: by exposing security flaws of the car’s built-in computer.
Or at least, that’s what Tesla is officially investigating. According to Teslarati, Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company is offering up a mid-range rear-wheel-drive Model 3 — valued at roughly $33,000 USD — to anybody savvy enough to gain access without a legitimate key card or authenticated smartphone.
Hackers will have three days as part of the “Pwn2Own” contest, held at the Vancouver-based CanSec West security conference in March. Tesla will provide the Model 3.
Tesla launched its bug bounty program, which is essentially a way to reward hackers for exposing security flaws, back in 2014. According to bugcrowd.com — a crowdsourced security platform that Tesla uses — hackers have to disclose the exact vulnerability they found related to Tesla’s vehicles. The company will pay rewards ranging from $100 to $15,000 depending on the severity.