One of the most upstart and well known tech companies of late is Tesla. Everyone knows their name and their vehicles and battery systems have been very well received by the market.
Tesla not only produces technically advanced products, they heavily leverage technology to do so. News emerged this week that security researchers have discovered that Tesla’s Cloud platform has been exploited by hackers to mine crtypocurrencies. This took place within Tesla’s infrastructure hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The hack appears to have been done to leverage Tesla’s resources in AWS for other purposes. However, there is a concern that some vehicle data was exposed as a result.
To Tesla’s credit, they responded very quickly and issued the following response to technology news site ZDNet:
“We maintain a bug bounty program to encourage this type of research, and we addressed this vulnerability within hours of learning about it. The impact seems to be limited to internally-used engineering test cars only, and our initial investigation found no indication that customer privacy or vehicle safety or security was compromised in any way.”
Good for Tesla for addressing this so quickly and tranparently. They have done a great job of owning the issue and responding appropriately. A good lesson for others to follow.