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Researchers Hack Tesla Model 3, Get $375,000 and Car After Trick - Reports

© AP Photo / David ZalubowskiIn this Sunday, July 8, 2018, photograph, 2018 Model 3 sedans sit on display outside a Tesla showroom in Littleton, Colo
In this Sunday, July 8, 2018, photograph, 2018 Model 3 sedans sit on display outside a Tesla showroom in Littleton, Colo - Sputnik International
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The award was granted as part of the high-profile annual hacking competition Pwn2Own, which offers cash prizes to anyone able to bypass the security features of the Tesla Model 3.

Two security researchers, Amat Cama and Richard Zhu, managed to hack a Tesla Model 3 as part of the Pwn2Own Vancouver hacking event, earning them a $375,000 cash award and their own electric car, according to Zero Day Initiative. 

READ MORE: Elon Musk Promises to Protect His Teslas With Top-Notch 'Sentry Mode'

The duo entered the contest under the team name Fluoroacetate and showed off their unique skill set. Once inside, it took them just a few minutes to hot-wire the Tesla by exploiting vulnerabilities in its infotainment system. 

The contest was held on 20-22 March, and brought together researchers who could expose the security flaws of web browsers, server-side software and other Tesla Model 3 applications.

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