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A Tesla owner has shared how his Model S was stolen by intercepting radio waves from the cars keyfobAntony Kennedy/YouTube
The owner of a Tesla who had his Model s Stolen by thieves who hacked his key fob has published a video of the high tech grand theft auto. The video which has been uploaded to YouTube shows the thieves going to the front of the house to obtain the passive signal from his keyfob using a tablet.
They then use this data to open the Tesla. The two crooks don’t seem too familiar with the famous electric vehicle though, they struggle to get the charging unit detached from the car, but finally, manage it before driving off.
The owner of the vehicle admits that he hadn’t followed any of Tesla’s security advice. Despite Tesla's not being an often stolen vehicle, the Californian-based has some pretty great security measures in place.
Tesla ramps up security features
For instance, the "PIN to drive" feature requires a car's owner to enter an additional pin code before being able to drive. Passive entry, a feature that opens the car's doors as you approach the car with just the fob in your pocket is recommended to be turned off when parked outside.
Tesla also recommends the use of a "Faraday pouch" to store the fob. A cover that shields the fob’s radio frequency.
Take all precautions urges security experts
If the owner had of used one, the signals would not have been able to be intercepted. There have been a series of thefts in the UK recently using similar methods to the one seen in the video.
If you are a Tesla owner in the UK it's highly recommended that you take all possible security measures to protect your vehicle. However, security precautions aren’t always enough.
U.S thief stole rented Tesla using a smartphone
One enterprising Tesla thief in the United States took a backdoor approach to get his own vehicle. The alleged thief rented a Tesla from a company called Travel, located inside the Mall of America in Minnesota.
The renter called Tesla and had the car added to his own Tesla account verifying the car using its individual ID number. Once the car was linked to his account, he could use a smartphone app to unlock the car and drive away.
He cleverly disabled the GPS tracking on the car, but was eventually caught as the real owner of the car was able to log the stolen Tesla's visit to Superchargers as it headed to Texas. Tesla says the rental company must have previously authenticated the driver's use of the smartphone app for the this to happen, a claim denied by Travel.
On a final note, the two thieves captured in this security camera footage are reportedly still on the loose, so if you do recognize either of them please contact your local police.