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Tesla wants researchers to probe the Model 3 for security bugs as part of a hacking contest

Posted On: Jan 14, 2019   |   Posted By: TheBoyGeniusReport

Tesla wants researchers to probe the Model 3 for security bugs as part of a hacking contest

Tesla announced today that as a kind of expansion of its bug bounty efforts, the electric carmaker is making a Model 3 available for use in the Pwn2Own hacking contest that will be held in March in Vancouver.
It's the first time the contest will include an automotive category, and among the contest's potential winnings are more than $1 million in cash and prizes available for researchers. A Model 3 is also being given away to one winner in accordance with the contest rules. Tesla, of course, has issued hundreds of over-the-air software updates that have served to fine-tune the performance, safety and security of the company's cars ever since making the first OTA software update available back in 2012. And its involvement in the hacking competition is likewise an expansion of sorts for the carmaker's bug bounty efforts, which included expanding the maximum reward payments from $10,000 to $15,000 last year.

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