Tesla, hackers have a new trick to steal them

Tesla, hackers have a new trick to steal them


In recent years on the automotive market we have witnessed a rapid spread of NFC systems used for opening the car; if on the one hand the NFC technology is very convenient and simple to use - and allows you to do follies like implanting a chip in your hand to open the car - on the other hand you must also consider some risks that you face, especially if you come targeted by criminals interested in our car. Tesla has been carrying out a cyber battle for years with hackers who try in every way to open them against the will of the rightful owner, and in recent days there has been talk of a new scam system that uses NFC technology to open the cars of Elon Musk.

The method itself is very simple, but to make it work it is necessary to be at least two, with one person who will have the dangerous task of approaching the owner to read the card NFC (or smartphone, which replaces 100% the card) that can be used to open a Tesla: the reading can take place at a maximum distance of 5 cm, and once done, the signal is transmitted to a Proxmark device. duplicate the signal and assign it to a new NFC type device, which at that point will effectively be the "new" cloned key.

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This system is undoubtedly capable of opening a Tesla against the will of its owner and the video that we report below demonstrates an obvious flaw in the security system, fortunately, however, the method has very strong limits from the point of view of feasibility: in essence, just be careful not to leave your smartphone unattended to make it impossible to implement this trick.

Tesla Plans Huge Push to Increase Sales In Germany. It Better Go Well.

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Tesla plans to ship more cars to German buyers in the final few months of 2022.Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Tesla has big ambitions for Germany. It better.

Growth in Germany is necessary for continued growth of the overall company. Tesla (ticker: TSLA), after all, isn’t all that big in Germany yet, despite recently opening a brand new assembly plant. How Tesla’s market share in Europe’s largest economy develops will be a good test for the electric vehicle leader, and its stock.

Automotive news outlet Automobilwoche (Automobile Week in English) reported Sunday that Tesla plans to double sales in Germany in 2022. That would put it a position to overtake the likes of Toyota Motor (TM) in Germany.

Tesla didn’t respond to a request for comment about sales goals for Germany.

Hitting the goal for 2022 represents some a big final four months of the year and an acceleration of sales from the first eight months. It would be a sign that Tesla’s new plant in Germany is having some success ramping up production. Most Tesla cars sold in Europe are imported from the company’s Shanghai plant.

Tesla has sold almost 25,000 vehicles in Germany through August. That’s an increase of about 37% year over year, but only good enough to give Tesla a market share of about 1.5%. (Tesla’s August market share for battery-electric vehicles was about 16.5% in Germany).

Tesla’s market share of all U.S. passenger vehicle sales is at about 6% in 2022. (Tesla still accounts for roughly two-thirds of all battery-electric sales in America).

So Tesla has some work to do to increase share in Germany. Hitting 80,000 vehicle sales in 2022 would mean another roughly 55,000 units in the final four months of the year, and a roughly 150% jump frrom unit sales in the final four months of 2021.

Higher production out of Tesla’s German plant, opened in 2022, should help. Local production might enable Tesla to lower domestic German prices, further boosting Tesla demand.

Tesla is a premium brand in Germany. A Model Y can easily cost €70,000. The average price of a new car in Germany is about €38,000, according to Statista. That is a little less expensive than the $48,000 average in the U.S.

Tesla didn’t respond to a request for comment about German prices.

There isn’t much difference between the purchase of a Model Y in the U.S. and a Model Y in Germany, although there are different EV purchase incentives that impact price in both countries.

Hitting 80,000 units, regardless of how Tesla does it either with higher available or lower pricing or both, would show that Tesla can grow market share in a mature, crowded auto market. Failing to reach its goals, however, would give Tesla investors something to think about.

Tesla stock was up 0.6% on Monday. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average were both down modestly.

Coming into Monday trading, Tesla shares have fallen about 14% this year.

Write to Al Root at allen.root@dowjones.com