Info On Who Hacked Tesla And Why


Tesla  Corporate Website Hack

Tesla Corporate Website Hack

Tesla Twitter Hack

Tesla Twitter Hack

Courtesy of CNBC, we present some info on the recent Tesla website and Twitter hacking.

The questions came from as far away as South Africa, “Hey. Can I have a free Tesla?”

Hundreds of similar requests rushed in to two cellphones owned by the Strater family, everyone asking the same thing. One guy even showed up at the Straters’ home, outside of Chicago. As Paul Strater tells it, the stranger wanted to see inside the family’s garage, to make sure his free Tesla wasn’t stashed in there.

Paul Strater is the father of Blair Strater, a self-described “white hat” hacker who may have been involved with the hacking of Malaysian Airlines’ website in early 2015.  The Strater family believes that the Tesla hack was initiated by Finnish hacker Julius Kivimaki.

Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation confirmed a connection between Kivimaki and the hacking of Tesla:

“We are aware of possible connection between Kivimaki and Tesla Twitter feed hack.  However, with information available, we cannot open criminal investigation without Tesla’s official request for prosecution.”

Apparently, it’s rather common for hackers to target other hackers.  Paul Strater says that this sort of stuff has been ongoing for over a year with incidences such as cable and power remotely shutdown and receiving pay-on-delivery pizza and flowers orders from time to time.  Additionally, the police have been called to the Strater’s house a few times via a distress called placed over the Internet.

So, the Tesla hacking seems to actually target Blair Strater and not Tesla Motors.

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6 responses to "Info On Who Hacked Tesla And Why"
  1. dan says:

    I knew Tesla’s website and social media accounts were compromised, but since I didn’t check if they actually posted on those twitter accounts, I was a little confused by this article.

    The quote below should help if you weren’t aware of what happened.

    “The queries stemmed from tweets made Saturday afternoon on the verified Twitter handles of @TeslaMotors and @ElonMusk. The notes all read something along the lines of “Get a free Tesla, call…,” and then the mobile phone numbers for Amy Strater or her son, Blair Henry Strater, were offered up.”

  2. sven says:

    Script kiddies don’t play nice with each other.

  3. Ocean Railroader says:

    This is why I like going to a place and getting my car updated vs over the internet. In that someone named B.J can hack into your car or add something over night without you knowing it. And let’s not get started on if your driving and that one demon update comes online.

    Also as far as a know you can’t put anti virus software on a car.

    1. ptrubey says:

      And the number of cars hacked is … 0. I’ll worry about it when it is, you know, a real problem.

      1. Foo says:

        Great… now car dealers will be able to add on the “anti-virus” package.

    2. EVer says:

      When has any Tesla ever been hacked?

      …. “crickets”

      Do you like taking your computer to an electronics store to get it updated as well? LOL