Hackers Broke Into Tesla’s Amazon Cloud System To Secretly Mine Cryptocurrency

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Hackers Tesla Amazon Secretly Mine Cryptocurrency

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If you had any doubt that cryptocurrency is the future of money, first off, (A) STEVEN SEAGAL is totally into it, and (B) do you ever hear about hackers using other people’s computers, phones, and cloud services to make REAL money? No, you don’t. They only do that for the cool new virtual currencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and others.

Heck, when Russian scientists are using the supercomputer at their nuclear warhead facility to mine cryptocurrency, you know it’s legit.

So this news that hackers hijacked Tesla’s Amazon Web Services (Tesla!) account and used their cloud computing capacity to secretly mine cryptocurrency should really come as no surprise. It ain’t cheap to mine fake, I mean, virtual money.

According to CNBC

Hackers were able to infiltrate the automaker’s Kubernetes administration console because it was not password protected, cybersecurity firm RedLock said Tuesday. Kubernetes is a Google-designed system aimed at optimizing cloud applications.

This left access credentials for Tesla’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) account exposed, and hackers deployed cryptocurrency mining software called Stratum to mine cryptocurrency using the cloud’s computing power.

British insurer Aviva and Dutch SIM-maker Gemalto were also affected by similar issues with hacking.

“We maintain a bug bounty program to encourage this type of research, and we addressed this vulnerability within hours of learning about it,” stated a spokesperson for Tesla via email.

“The impact seems to be limited to internally-used engineering test cars only, and our initial investigation found no indication that customer privacy or vehicle safety or security was compromised in any way.”