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YouTube Personalities Uncover an Inherent Security Design Flaw in Tesla X

YouTube automotive enthusiasts/ wildmen Alejandro, Buddy and Farshad have apparently uncovered an issue with Tesla security in the Tesla X model.  Their channel is Salomondrin and it’s loaded with fun-loving, potty-mouthed, narcissistic, automotive hijinx.  At some point Buddy discovered a flaw that may indeed compromise all Tesla models, although we do know for sure the Tesla X is clearly affected.

The flaw allows thieves to break into the trunk of the vehicle with very little effort via a small, access panel in the lower, far left part of the bumper on the driver side. The access panel is easily popped off by a screwdriver. Two canvass wires attached to a release mechanism are housed in the exposed compartment and when firmly pulled, pop the trunk. Granted, it will trigger the alarm, but it takes seconds to grab the goods in the trunk and shut it, leaving the owner to wonder why his or her alarm was triggered, never even thinking to check the trunk compartment to see if anything was absconded with!  The breach can take as little as one minute!

It’s important that Tesla becomes aware of its security issues and that it provides vehicles that are secure and safe. It seems as though they never thought this would be discovered as easily as it was.  QC is priority one with any consumer product let alone a company like Tesla.  WTS, it’s not like the automotive industry hasn’t had its share of incompetencies, poorly planned concepts, and risky mechanical issues.  On a scale from 1-10, this is a 1.  But, it’s still “a thing”.

Somehow, some way, humans always find the weak link in any security system and then exploit it.  The guys from Salomondrin are no exception.  Perhaps Tesla should have cut the crew a check for their silence, but hindsight is foresight that happens too late, and now we know.  At the very least, Tesla owners now know that a mysteriously triggered alarm may have a more nefarious cause.

If you don’t mind a millennial stew of me-me’s, and expletive-bombs reaching saturation point, the Salomondrin YouTube channel is entertaining and educational for car and truck enthusiasts. These guys have a lot of friends and like all of us, like to have a great time.  We at Dealership News consider them the Three Stooges of automotive hijinx with Alejandro playing Moe.  Good hearted, knowledgeable guys, with absolutely no filters...except for maybe Buddy (LOL)...and some valuable info for everyone.

 



 

Amanda Gordon

Excellent, finding flaws/problems is a fast way to get to solutions. 

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