At the Pwn2Own hacking competition last year, two hackers won the big prize of a Tesla Model 3 and over $350,000USD in prize money. All they did to earn that prize was to hack the Tesla and find a vulnerability in the Model 3 browser.
Tesla is returning to the hacking competition in March this year, and upping the ante and providing the largest prize in the competition’s history. This time around, there will be several tiers of prizes up for grabs.
To win the ‘Tier 1’ prize of a Model 3 and $500,000USD, the successful hacker will need to find vulnerabilities within three different systems on the vehicle. The winner will need to begin by hacking through the tuner, WiFi, Bluetooth, or modem. They will then have to move to and hack the infotainment system, before ending up in the ‘central data flow Gateway’, security center known as VCSEC, or Autopilot taking complete control (via Forbes).
But that’s not all. If a hacker can take control of the Tesla CAN bus, they can win an additional $100,000USD. There are also 2 ways to win another $50,000. First, if they can hack into the Autopilot system, but the hack has to remain after a reboot. They can also win if the same can be done in the infotainment system.
The upcoming Pwn2Own event will be held right here in Canada at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver, BC at the Sheraton Wall Centre hotel. The event is scheduled to run from March 18-20, 2020.