Tesla’s Model 3 is no doubt going to be an extremely innovative car in its own right. The most obvious reason for this is because it’s an electric vehicle- it’s far more environmentally friendly than any gas-powered vehicle that’s out there.
But another reason that it’s innovative that you might have missed is how secure it is. 

Just how much does Tesla believe in the Model 3’s digital security?

Well, according to The Verge, Tesla is so confident that they’ve allowed a Model 3 to be the object of a hacking contest.

 

The Pwn2Own contest has chosen the Model 3 for their competitors to hack into. It’s a first for this contest, making this an unprecedented move. Furthermore, it will be the only vehicle to participate in the automotive category. The idea is that the hackers will have to try and find a new way to compromise the security of the Model 3. Whoever wins in this category gets to take this sexy, powerful vehicle home as their prize.

The contest in question- often referred to as just Pwn2Own- is arguably the largest event for competitive security research.

 

Here, hackers on the rise are allowed to put their skills on display while trying to find undiscovered vulnerabilities in popular programs. Those who partake in this contest not only have the chance to win prizes, but also to earn money, too. Pwn2Own has managed to produce a lot of hacks for browsers; especially back in 2015, when one hacker found vulnerabilities in Apple’s Safari, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. the hacker received $225 000; it’s clear that this contest is fruitful for companies and hackers alike.

It may seem odd and even a little risky for Tesla to allow a contest for hackers to hack into one of their vehicles. But it isn’t exactly a one-off for the car company. Tesla has had a bug bounty program since 2014 for researchers to find vulnerabilities in exchange for a payment.

 

 

 Such a program is not unusual; there’s similar programs in place for both Fiat Chrysler and General Motors. But considering Tesla is often targeted by hackers, having this kind of program in place will no doubt keep them up-to-date on their vehicles’ digital security.

Source: The Verge

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