As safety threats worsen, the prize cash must be enticing too. On the annual Pwn2Own hackathon on the CanSecWest convention in Vancouver, Canada, safety researchers discovering bugs take house the laptops they exploit, however this yr, they’ll take house a Tesla. Pwn2Own usually concentrates on hacking Net browsers or company software program.

Tesla has introduced that it’s partnering with Development Micro’s ZDI Pwn2Own contest to supply up a Model 3 to be ‘pwnd’. In a post on the ZDI (Zero Day Initiative) website, contest organisers clarify that the Tesla Mannequin Three would be the first automobile within the contest’s new ‘automotive class’. The Pwn2Own 2019 contest can be held from March 20 to March 22 on the CanSecWest convention. Notably, Tesla launched its personal bug bounty programme in 2014.

As an alternative of fine previous laptops, safety researchers will try to seek out bugs with the Mannequin 3. If they’re profitable, they may drive house the swanky new automotive. Prizes for hacking a Tesla Mannequin Three vary from $35,000 to $300,000 (roughly Rs. 25 lakhs to Rs. 2.1 crores), relying on a wide range of elements together with the exploit used. The primary profitable researcher may also drive off in their very own model new Mannequin Three after the Pwn2Own Vancouver 2019 competitors ends, the organisers mentioned.

“Beginning in 2007, Pwn2Own has advanced from a small demonstration with prizes averaging round $10,000 per exploit, to some of the well-known safety contests within the business, with tens of millions of {dollars} of money and prizes made obtainable to contestants over time. The competition serves as extra than simply an annual check-in on the state of browser and OS safety,” the weblog submit reads.

“We’ll have a Tesla Mannequin Three on-site as a goal for our automotive class, which has six completely different focal factors for in-scope analysis. Tesla primarily pioneered the idea of the related automotive with their Mannequin S sedan, and in partnership with Tesla, we hope to encourage much more safety analysis into related automobiles because the class continues to increase,” the weblog submit added.

In a press release, David Lau, vice chairman of auto software program at Tesla, mentioned, “We develop our automobiles with the very best requirements of security in each respect, and our work with the safety analysis group is invaluable to us.”

Written with inputs from ANI

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