Hackers broke into Tesla’s cloud-computing platform and utilized it to mine cryptocurrency, according to researchers.
In a damning report, the security firm RedLock detailed how hackers gained access to Tesla’s Amazon Web Services system last month and siphoned off some of its computing power to mine an undetermined digital currency.
The firm found that Tesla — whose billionaire CEO has been forced to field burden that hackers could threaten the safety of its electric cars — did not have password protection on one of its company IT platforms.
This gave the hackers a simple opening to take benefit of Tesla’s computing power for mining purposes. The intruders tried to keep their presence unknown by keeping CPU “usage low to evade detection,” according to RedLock.
The security firm reported the Jan. 30 hack to Tesla, which corrected the problem within hours.
In a statement, Tesla said that no private vehicle user information was stolen.
“[Our] investigation found no indication that client privacy or vehicle safety or security was compromised in any way,” Tesla said.
Shares of Tesla were up 1 percent at $338.13 on Wednesday.