Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) May Revenge Hacker For Spoiling Its Surprise
March 7, 2016
Shah Sheikh (1294 articles)

Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) May Revenge Hacker For Spoiling Its Surprise

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been working on a new Model S P100D, a version that the EV firm is yet to announce, revealed a notorious Model S hacker – Jason Hughes. But, it appears that the EV firm is not happy with Hughes spoiling Tesla’s surprise, so the firm has reportedly decided to take revenge or “retaliation” in Hughes word.

Is Tesla really taking revenge?

A few days back a report from electrek, referring to a tweet from the Hughes, claimed that Tesla is working on a version of the Model S. “@elonmusk @teslamotors #tesla I know your secret. SHA256 of best part: 5fc38436ec295b0049f186651ebba5fd55e8d7b81eb61cbd00d3f1bf,” tweeted Hughes.

This cryptographic hash hinted that the firm is working on a 100 kWh battery pack for its performance dual-motor Model S. Later the hacker tweeted, “There have been references to the P100D in firmwares as early as 2 months ago. They finally added the badges to 2.13.77.”

Hughes has since revealed that the EV firm is not happy with the information he leaked, and thus as revenge or “retaliation” for revealing the “P100D” information, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is forcing a downgrade update to his Model S.

Describing the whole incident, Hughes wrote on Tesla Motors Club, “Looks like I’ve definitely pissed off someone at Tesla now. They used some method I was unaware of in another process to go in and delete the pending 2.13.77 update from my car. Basically they sent the car some command that told it to restart the updater, then the updater restarted and queried the firmware server, which, to its surprise, no longer had an update for me.”

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Hughes, being a hacker, did took a backup of the latest update, and plans to manually update his car, if Tesla’s customer care does not answer his requests.

Musk did not deny Hughes claim

After all this, Hughes took to Twitter, to get some reply from Tesla over this. Luckily, he caught the attention of CEO Elon Musk. “So, #Tesla is trying to retaliate by remotely commanding my car to downgrade to 2.12.45. I cut them off. @elonmusk @TeslaMotors A word?” Hughes tweeted. To this, Musk replied, “Wasn’t done at my request. Good hacking is a gift.”

Musk was not very clear what he meant by “Good hacking,” but what must be noted that Musk did not deny Hughes’ claim of ‘P100D.’ This is not the first time, Hughes has revealed unofficial data on Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA). Previously, he claimed that Tesla’s 85 kWh battery pack could only be a 81 kWh pack.

Tesla’s ‘P100D’ (if at all its there) would be a remarkable 11% rise in the capacity over the current 90 kWh pack version, and more than the usual 8% improvement in the battery capacitythat the EV firm has been witnessing across the industry each year.

Source | LearnBonds