Wanted: White Hat Hackers to Break New Automotive Software Updater Code

Over-the-air software updates for cars is a security risk. Researchers who developed an open source software update framework for cars are asking security experts to help find flaws in its code.

In 2013, Tesla Motors had a problem with battery fires in the company's Model S electric car. In January 2014, nearly 30,000 of Tesla's Model S vehicles were recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration due to the possibility of overheating charger plugs causing fires.

Engineers at Tesla Motors took care of both problems without the need for any of the cars to visit a dealership. The cars were sent a software update using cellular networks.

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