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Tesla’s cars are notoriously hackable, and a new video demonstrates a way an adept cybercriminal could hop inside your car’s system and take it for a ride if they’re nearby.

First reported by Ars Technica, the exploit involves manipulation of a relatively new feature that Tesla added last August. The feature allows drivers to turn on their vehicles merely by opening the car’s door with a near-field communication (NFC) key card. Those cards come with all Tesla Model 3 vehicles and use short range radio-frequency identification (RFID) signals to interact with the car’s computer system. Unlocking the door launches a 130 second period where the car starts up all on its own. It allows the driver to have the car running as soon as their butt is in the seat.

But that new mode is also vulnerable to a unique exploit that could get your sweet ride jacked, according to Martin Herfurt, an Austrian security researcher. Herfurt says that Tesla’s feature doesn’t just turn your car on automatically; it also puts it in a state where the vehicle is open to “whitelisting” new keys to unlock the car door. Aside from NFC cards, Tesla Model 3s can also be unlocked with either a key fob or a Tesla mobile app registered to the owner’s account.

Herfurt created his own mobile app, which he dubbed the “TeslaKee,” that communicates with the feature in VCsec—the language that the Tesla app uses to chat with Tesla vehicles—and which he says is able to “whitelist” itself as a key that can open the car’s doors. Keys can be remotely added in this way by abusing the new feature, with no authentication requirements necessary to add them, Herfurt claims. He made a YouTube video showing how the exploit could work. It’s pretty damn simple. You can check it out down below:

Granted, the situation you would have to be in for this to happen is ridiculous. First, the hacker would have to do what Herfurt has done, and engineer their own app. Then, they’d have to sit around and wait for you to park your car. Then, presumably, they’d execute the exploit, and trail you until you reached a destination and got out. Then, yes, they could hijack your ride. A little bit far fetched but in the world of cybercrime, weirder things have happened!

Tesla shut down its PR department in 2020, so we couldn’t reach out to the company for comment. Maybe we’ll tag Elon on Twitter and ask him about it.

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Star Trek has had an up-and-down history with video games, sometimes managing to succeed in gaming genres it arguably shouldn’t, while never managing to quite succeed in the ones it should. There’s been plenty of great ones, but now a very cool little animation imagines one of its finest entries getting a ‘90s tie-in that never was.

Twitter user SpinaSanctuary’s hypothetical title screen for a mid-’90s Deep Space Nine game on the Nintendo 64 imagines a sideways glance where the platform that gave us Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire instead took a visit to the Gamma Quadrant for some licensed gaming goodness, essentially riffing on the opening moments of Deep Space Nine’s own title sequence, but in a gloriously polygonal retro style.

What could’ve Star Trek 64: Deep Space Nine even been? An adventure game aboard the station? A starship strategy game set during the Dominion War? A retail management sim dedicated to the Promenade á la Roller Coaster Tycoon or Theme Park World? A first person shooter like Voyager got with the Elite Force games, that shouldn’t make sense, but totally does? Whatever it would’ve been, this cute little “demake” has me wishing we could’ve found out.


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Amazon Prime subscribers in the US are getting a new benefit as part of their subscription, the company has announced. From today, they’ll be able to redeem a free year of Grubhub Plus, the monthly subscription service that offers free food delivery on orders over $12 from participating restaurants. Grubhub Plus normally costs $9.99 a month.

According to Amazon, free deliveries associated with Grubhub Plus are available from hundreds of thousands of restaurants across over 4,000 cities in the US. After the year is up, Grubhub will automatically start charging $9.99 a month for continued access. Existing Grubhub Plus subscribers can still make use of the promotion, which will be applied from the start of their next billing cycle. Canceling Prime automatically cancels Grubhub Plus.

The deal comes just a few short years after Amazon shut down Amazon Restaurants, its own attempt to compete in the takeout delivery market. The service was live between 2015 and 2019 but faced stiff competition from the likes of Uber Eats and DoorDash.

Since then, the e-commerce giant has mainly focused on grocery deliveries, but has kept a toe in the takeout delivery market through partnerships with other firms. It announced an investment in Europe-focused Deliveroo in 2019, and started offering access to its Deliveroo Plus subscription service as an additional perk for Prime members in the UK last year.

“Amazon has redefined convenience with Prime and we’re confident this offering will expose many new diners to the value of Grubhub Plus while driving more business to our restaurant partners and drivers,” Grubhub CEO Adam DeWitt said in a statement. The company, which is owned by Just Eat Takeaway.com, says it expects Grubhub Plus subscriptions to rise as a result of the deal.

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