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Qihoo claims security flaw in Tesla Model S software

  • Staff Reporter
  • 2014-07-16
  • 14:54 (GMT+8)
A man test drives a Tesla Model S in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, May 17. (Photo/Xinhua)

A man test drives a Tesla Model S in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, May 17. (Photo/Xinhua)

Researchers at Chinese internet security giant Qihoo 360 Security Technology issued an announcement on July 15 saying they have discovered a software flaw in Tesla's Model S car, considered to be one of the most secure cars in the world, reports money.163, a Chinese-language news website specializing in finance.

The flaw could be exploited to remotely unlock doors and activate the car's lights, glass roof and horn, the report said. Qihoo 360 has passed details of its findings with suggested solutions to the American electric car maker and says it is willing to supply technological assistance, the report said.

Tesla China said it has sent the notification to the company's headquarters in the United States to look into the claims but has yet to receive a response. Tesla China said it remained unclear whether headquarters has received the report, let alone determined the credibility of Qihoo's findings, but says it will inform the public immediately of future developments.

Qihoo's claim comes following reports of hackers breaking Tesla's six-digit code to remotely control the car.

In a later announcement, Tesla said it will conduct investigation and fix any possible flaws under the premise that security researchers like Qihoo report the vulnerability to Tesla according to the company's procedures.

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