- Tesla will give security researchers who expose failures in Model 3 a free car.
- Like many technology companies, the automaker offers cash rewards for the vulnerabilities found in its software.
- Tesla was the only automaker to attend a cyber security conference in Vancouver, which added an automotive category for the first time this year.
Tesla is increasing its bounty bug on a large scale by offering a free model 3 car to any cybersecurity investigator who can hack into the computer system of the car.
The reward increase was announced in a Trend Micro sponsored contest called Pwn2Own. Tesla is the only automaker to attend the event, which focuses on finding flaws in Internet browsers and corporate software programs. This is the first time that an automotive category is presented.
"We have developed our cars with the highest safety standards in all aspects, and our work with the security research community is invaluable to us," said David Lau, Tesla's vice president of vehicle software, according to Bloomberg.
The Tesla buggy bounty program was launched in 2014 and generally has rewards ranging from about R350 to R14,000. More recently, the premiums have risen to $ 200,000 depending on what has been found.
According to the Teslarati blog, the bug bounty program has already been responsible for a number of patches, including a vulnerability found by Chinese software company Keen that could have allowed a stranger to remotely activate the brakes of a vehicle.
Keen's security laboratory has made Tesla's "safety researcher's hall of fame" in 2016 and 2017, according to the company's website.
"Since launching our rewards program in 2014 – the first to include a consumer-connected vehicle – we are continuously increasing our investments in partnerships with safety researchers to ensure that all Tesla owners constantly benefit from the brightest minds in the community" , continued Lau of Tesla. , by the Electrek blog.
"We look forward to learning and rewarding the excellent work at Pwn2Own so we can continue to improve our products and our approach to designing inherently secure systems."
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