Teenager in the driving seat after ‘hacking’ into Tesla cars

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Teenager in the driving seat after ‘hacking’ into Tesla cars

David Colombo says a flaw allowed him to start the cars, disable their security systems and see if a driver was present

Katrina Nicholas

A 19-year-old security researcher claims to have hacked remotely into more than 25 Tesla cars in 13 countries, saying in a series of tweets that he discovered a software flaw in the EV pioneer’s systems.

David Colombo, a self-described information technology specialist, tweeted on Tuesday that the software flaw allows him to unlock doors and windows, start the cars without keys and disable their security systems.

Colombo also said he can see if a driver is present in the car, turn on the vehicles’ stereo sound systems and flash their headlights...

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