Tesla, one of the most renowned electric car makers, has once again openly challenged hackers to find bugs in Tesla Model 3. As per the latest reports, Tesla is going to make a comeback in the annual hacker’s competition Pwn2Own which is scheduled to be held in Vancouver in March this year.
Anyone who can hack the vehicle system of Tesla Model 3 will be rewarded an amount of $1 million and a free Tesla car. The annual hacking event Pwn2Own is scheduled to be held from March 18, 2020, to March 20, 2020.
Tesla has stated previously that participation in hacking events makes it easy for the brand to know the flaws in its vehicle system and improve it accordingly. In 2018, a group of hackers named Fluoroacetate won a Tesla Model 3 and an amount of $35,000. During the hacking competition, Fluoroacetate’s Amat Cama and Richard Zhu found the vehicle system of Tesla vulnerable to attacks.
The hackers demonstrated how they can manipulate the Tesla Model S to drive into the wrong lane by using a trick known as an adversarial attack.
The prize money offered by Tesla in the annual hacking competition 2020 is going to be the largest figure one can grab in its competition history. Tesla’s participation in the annual hacking event is not a big surprise as the company participated in the previous editions of the event too.
To earn the top prizes including an amount of $1 million and a free Tesla car, hackers are supposed to manipulate and control various systems in the car. The tier II prizes consisting of half a million dollars will be awarded to the hackers who can find a vulnerability in the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or infotainment system of the car.