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Tesla: Tinkerer cracks Model X in just 90 seconds

A Tesla Model X in a sales hall in Hamburg.

A Tesla Model X in a sales hall in Hamburg.

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All Lennert Woulters of the Belgian University of Leuven needed to trick and steal a Tesla Model X was a bluetooth kit and a mini-computer for $ 300.

According to the tech portal “Wired”, Woulters exploited two weak points in the software for the hack. All he needed was the car’s identification number, which is usually visible on the on-board computer, and had to be within a range of around 5 meters from the person holding the vehicle’s key for 90 seconds using a mini-computer and a Bluetooth transmitter, Woulters was then able to read the code of the key.

With this setup, he was able to trick the Model X into believing that his Bluetooth kit was the Tesla key. The doors open, but Woulters can’t start the engine with the trick. To do this, he needs a separate Model X on-board control unit. Once connected, the car starts just as easily as if it had the real key with you.

You can see what it looked like in practice in this video on Youtube:

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