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A Simple Password Hack May be a Key to Hijacking Tesla Electric Cars

Experts have warned that there is a possibility for Tesla electric cars worth $100,000 to be hijacked using a simple password hack. A six-digit password can be used for accessing the car’s system. Security experts have further claimed that the six digits can be cracked easily and this would allow hackers to access the electronic systems of a car. In this way, these hackers can use a remote sensor to not only track, but also unlock cars.

During a presentation at a security conference in Singapore, a corporate security consultant, Nitesh Dhanjani, said that cars cannot be protected in the same way as computers or workstations. Dhanjani went to further claim that the findings obtained had been passed on to Tesla. Patrick Jones, the Tesla spokesman did not give any comment regarding the findings. However, he said that the automaker would make a thorough review on the research and findings regarding security issues.

Jones said that the automaker is committed towards protecting its systems and products against vulnerabilities. It has an experienced team comprising of information security experts. The automaker continues to work collaboratively with security researchers while encouraging them to communicate via a reporting process that is responsible. To drive Tesla’s Model S, a key fob has to be present. The car can however, be unlocked through a signal that is transmitted over the Internet wirelessly.

Dhanjani further added that in case there is hacking or stealing of a password, a person could not only locate, but also access the car and steal contents. Other than that, the car cannot be driven by a hacker. It is fundamental for users to open an account using a six-character password as the security. The account needs to be set up when the car is ordered. The password in question is used for unlocking a phone application and accessing the user’s Tesla account over the Internet.

The mobile application is freely available and serves a remote sensor for locating and unlocking the car. The application can also control other car functions. Evidence has shown that the password is susceptible to a wide range of attacks that are the same as those used to access an online account or computer. An attacker can easily make password guesses through the online Tesla website. Apparently, there are no restrictions to the number of wrong login trials. Password-stealing viruses can be used by attackers in attempting to access the password from the user’s computer. Dhanjani concluded by saying that the fact that $100,000 car should be depending on a six-character password is a big issue of security concern.



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A Review of Ford Fusion Hybrid

One sentence that best describes the Ford Fusion hybrid is “a combination of beauty and brains.” A general assumption is that there is no fun in driving gas-electric hybrid trucks and cars. This is precluded by the very nature of such vehicles. Hybrid cars are manufactured in such a way that there is maximization of conservation at the expense of stimulation. The joy of owning or driving a hybrid car is when the mpg indicator, rather than the speedometer creeps higher. As an example, the Toyota Prius has achieved its mission despite its lack of aesthetic value. However, who said that a fuel-sipper has to be ugly for it to have high efficiency? To get both efficiency and beauty, you should choose the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

The Ford Fusion has a high aesthetic value and could easily be mistaken for a non-hybrid car. The car was redesigned in 2013 and has a face with a grille that is nearly identical to the one on an Aston Martin. The car’s body is not only sleek, but also athletic with a flair of uniqueness. Combining all the features, the car can easily be compared to a standard average sedan. One of the most beautiful features of the Ford Fusion Hybrid is the EPA rating. The rating is apparently at 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg city. A 310-mile test drive that was conducted revealed that the car had a rating that is much better compared to most traditional compact vehicles.

Gas-electric vehicles have both a gasoline engine and an electric motor. In this way, the electricity will run some chores and hence, the car would burn limited gas. Conceptually, Ford has been there for more than one hundred years. It is about 15-years old in terms of a realistic transportation solution. The Fusion hybrid evidently provides this realistic solution.

The impressive agility of Fusion has not been changed by its efficiency. The car can be handled as well as any other standard Fusion car. Ford has a combination of a two -liter four-cylinder engine and 141-horsepower. The horsepower’s rating is 188, which is adequate to give the car an extraordinary speed. In terms of its outlook, Ford Fusion Hybrid has a feel that is solid, as well as a perfectly weighted steering. When tackling corners, the body roll is maintained at a minimal. Braking is less grabby compared to other hybrid cars.

It is undoubtedly clear that Ford Fusion is one of the perfect hybrid cars for fuel economy. It is easy to save fuel with such a car that also has a high aesthetic value.



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