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Third-Party Software for Teslas Can Be Hacked, German Teen Says

  • 19-year-old claims he could hack into dozens of vehicles
  • Security flaw can unlock doors, honk horns and start the cars
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A 19-year-old said he’s found flaws in a piece of third-party software that appears to be used by a relatively small number of owners of Tesla Inc. cars that could allow hackers to remotely control some of the vehicles’ functions.

David Colombo, a self-described information technology security specialist, tweeted Tuesday that the flaws gave him the ability to unlock doors and windows, start the cars without keys, and disable their security systems.