Tesla's Keyless Feature Could Allow Hackers to Steal Your EV!  Mostly effective on Model 3 and Model Y

Tesla’s Keyless Feature Could Allow Hackers to Steal Your EV! Mostly effective on Model 3 and Model Y

Tesla’s keyless feature could actually allow cybercriminals to take over your electric car. If true, having digital locks for electric cars and conventional cars could be a problem.

Tesla's Keyless Feature Could Allow Hackers to Steal Your EV!  Mostly effective on Model 3 and Model Y
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A Tesla Model 3 is seen at the Tesla booth during the 2nd China International Import Expo in Shanghai on November 6, 2019.

As the auto industry expanded and improved, auto manufacturers developed new improvements that their cars could take advantage of.

One such technology is the keyless entry feature, which allows drivers to unlock their cars and start their engine without having to insert their keys into their car doors or steering wheels.

However, Sultan Khan, a researcher with the NCC Group, published a report explaining how a keyless feature could lead to carnning.

Keyless Tesla Feature Case

According to a recent Fortune report, Khan demonstrated how Tesla’s keyless feature can be used to access electric vehicles. The problem specifically depends on the car maker’s BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy).

Tesla's Keyless Feature Could Allow Hackers to Steal Your EV!  Mostly effective on Model 3 and Model Y

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A Tesla Model S made by US automaker Tesla is shown at a shop in Brussels, on February 8, 2018.

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BLE allows drivers to unlock or start their electric vehicles using authorized mobile devices or keys. This means that you can access your car doors without making any physical contact with your car.

“This system infers the proximity of a mobile device or key fob based on signal strength (RSSI) and latency measurements of encrypted response and challenge operations performed via BLE,” Sultan Khan said on his official blog.

He added that if hackers tried to take advantage of Tesla’s BLE, the Model 3 and Model Y would be hit the hardest.

How Hackers Can Use Tesla’s Keyless Feature

To show the public how hackers can take advantage of Tesla’s keyless BLE system, Khan has developed a new tool that can launch a BLE relay attack.

He explained that if cybercriminals could carry out their relay attacks within the range of a BLE signal, they could easily gain access to their victims’ Tesla EVs.

As of this writing, there is no report regarding the BLE issue. Tesla’s electric vehicle units aren’t the only ones that can be affected by the Bluetooth Low Energy flaw.

Sultan Khan further explained that even residential smart locks can also be accessed by hackers via the BLE version. If you want to see more details about the latest Tesla keyless issue, you can visit this link.

On the other hand, Tesla EVs are reported to have significantly reduced carbon emissions worldwide in 2021.

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For more news updates about Tesla’s keyless feature and other stories related to the giant automaker, always keep tabs open here at TechTimes.

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