Tesla, along with a number of other companies, has been been hacked, allowing the hacking group to gain access to 222 cameras in Tesla-owned factories and warehouses.
It began with a security startup company named Verkada, that was targeted by the group, giving them access to over 150,000 cameras that were connected to the internet. A number of other companies were also affected, such as Cloudfare, and a hospital in Florida which shed light on an incident where eight employees of the hospital were pinning a patient down to the bed.
Tesla said the following, according to Bloomberg:
“Based on our current understanding, the cameras being hacked are only installed in one of our suppliers, and the product is not being used by our Shanghai factory or any of our Tesla stores or services centers. Our data collected from Shanghai factories and other places mentioned are stored on local servers.”
The reason behind the hack was “to show the pervasiveness of video surveillance and the ease with which systems could be broken into,” according to Tillie Kottmann, a hacker involved in this group. “…Lots of curiosity, fighting for freedom of information and against intellectual property, a huge dose of anti-capitalism, a hint of anarchism — and it’s also just too much fun not to do it.”
A statement from Verkada spokespeople said the following:
“We have disabled all internal administrator accounts to prevent any unauthorized access.”
It’s not confirmed whether this hack will be followed by criminal charges, however this is likely as the hack alos focussed on police departments, hospitals, and jails.