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Tesla Model S car hacked, shut off while driving

Cybersecurity researchers said they took control of a Tesla Motors Inc Model S car and turned it off at low speed.

Patch delivered for 6 significant flaws could let hackers take control of Tesla cars

A Tesla Model S 70D is seen during a test drive. Researchers from the cybersecurity firm Lookout said they shut down a Tesla Model S and activated the hand brake while it was driving at five miles per hour. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

Tesla Motors Inc said on Thursday it has sent a software patch to address security flaws in the Tesla Model S sedan that could allow hackers to take control of the vehicle.

The Financial Times reported on Thursday that cybersecurity researchers said they had taken control of a Model S and turned it off at low speed, one of six significant flaws they found that could allow hackers to take control of the vehicle,

Tesla said it had developed and deployed an over-the-air update to Model S owners to address the "vulnerabilities".

In a statement, Tesla said the hackers did not turn off the car remotely, but from inside the vehicle.

"Our security team works closely with the security research community to ensure that we continue to protect our systems against vulnerabilities by constantly stress-testing, validating, and updating our safeguards," the automaker said.

The hack will be detailed at cybersecurity conference Def Con in Las Vegas on Friday, the FT said.

The hack on Tesla follows a similar attack on Fiat Chrysler's Jeep Cherokee last month that prompted the company to recall 1.4 million vehicles in the United States.

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