German IT expert: I can control Tesla's functions remotely

The hacker claims he was able to control these functions from his home at cars in 13 different countries. The reason he posted this on Twitter was to warn the owners of the cars.

The problem, which Colombo made public via Twitter, would not lie with software or systems from Tesla itself, but with those of an external software supplier. He showed screenshots of the vulnerabilities in that software to news agency Bloomberg, but because they have not yet been solved, he does not want the name of the software supplier to be known.

The problem, Colombo says, lies in the way the software program stores sensitive information needed to connect to the cars. The consequences can be serious if malicious parties use that information, he warns. The software is in relatively few Teslas.

Tesla was not immediately available for comment. Colombo says it has contacted IT security officers from Tesla and the company behind the software in question.

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