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Teen Cyber Prodigy Stumbled Onto Flaw Letting Him Hijack Teslas

Jan. 13, 2022, 5:05 PM

David Colombo, a 19-year-old cybersecurity researcher in Germany, came upon the biggest discovery of his young career by accident.

He was performing a security audit for a French company when he noticed something unusual: a software program on the company’s network that exposed all the data about the chief technology officer’s Tesla Inc. vehicle. The data included a full history of where the car had been driven and its precise location at that moment.

But that wasn’t all. As Colombo dug deeper he realized that he could push commands to Tesla vehicles whose owners were using the program. That capability ...