A white-hat hacker discovered that Tesla isn’t wiping data when it replaces old hardware in customers’ vehicles, InsideEVs reported Sunday.
After purchasing the used hardware on eBay, the hacker was able to access previous owners’ physical and email addresses, phone contacts and call history, and even Netflix session “cookies,” according to InsideEVs.
Some units had been smashed, suggesting Tesla technicians had unsuccessfully attempted to clear the data by physically damaging them, InsideEV reported.
This isn’t the first privacy concern the hacker has unearthed in Tesla’s technology, CNBC reported, while consumer watchdog group Which? found that other automakers’ on-board computers are hackable as well.
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Tesla owners who have had their on-board computers replaced may also need to worry about their personal information being for sale online, InsideEVs reported on Sunday.
White-hat hacker GreenTheOnly told InsideEV that he was able to purchase four used Tesla media control units (MCUs) from eBay and access their previous owners’ information, which he said included “home and work location, all saved wi-fi passwords, calendar entries from the phone, call lists and address books from paired phones, Netflix and other stored session cookies.”See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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