Zero Day Intion (ZDI) was created to create a benign reporting mechanism that encourages security experts to report zero-day vulnerabilities to get generous prizes from vendors who can further consolidate their security bastions. ZDI recently announced once again that Tesla is a big-name sponsor in the car category, and if anyone can crack Tesla, they could get up to $1 million in prize money and a brand new Model 3.
In this year’s Pwn2Own event, ZDI presented a new challenge: if someone could completely crack the Intrusion Model 3, they would win the first prize of the event, not only to take the brand new Model 3, but also to receive a $500,000 cash prize from ZDI.
In addition, if the contestant is successful in other categories, he or she will receive a top-of-the-line car and a $500,000 prize. These columns include “In-vehicle infotainment system root permanent permissions,” “Autopilot root permanent permissions,” and “any control CAN bus.” Each column has its own bonus, which, if all hacked, can be as high as $200,000.
Tesla is clearly confident in its cyber security measures, but it also wants to stay ahead. At last year’s event, Tesla said it valued the hands-on approach when developing protections for drivers, especially in improving its air-updated security strategy. So it’s not easy to crack a car, so you get a very high pay.