Tesla inviting people to hack into its cars for $600,000 Pwn2Own prize

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Tesla has collaborated once again with Pwn2Own to take part in their hacking contest. The target is Tesla cars, with $600,000 up for grabs.

If you are a hacker, you may be closer to a massive payday than you realize. Tesla is inviting hackers to write exploits that can gain arbitrary code execution in its car systems. The company is offering up to $600,000 prize and a brand-new Tesla as prizes.

Tesla has collaborated with Pwn2Own on such contests before. It gave out a Model 3 to a duo of researchers that successfully exploited its car system in 2019. Hackers won a Tesla Model 3 and over $350,000 in 2020 and $75,000 with Model 3 exploits last year

However, this year’s contest edition raises the stakes significantly in both prizes and what is expected of the participants.

Hackers can target the Model 3 (Intel or Ryzen-based) or the Model S (Ryzen-based). Tesla and Pwn2Own want them to exploit the Tuner, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or Modem components. The hackers must gain access to the vehicle’s infotainment system and run their code against VCSEC, Gateway, or Autopilot.

Pwn2Own said the prizes are the largest in its history. However, contestants should not expect an easy ride, as taking over the vehicle is a tough task.

Hackers can also win prizes for exploiting VMWare virtual machines and attacking Microsoft DNS Server, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams.