Hacker and security analyst Truman Kain has created a tool that can tell you in real-time if you’re being followed while driving your Tesla.
The “Surveillance Detection Scout” hack scans license plates and uses facial detection to create an in-depth log of cars your Tesla spots using its Sentry Mode camera software suite.
The list can then be accessed by the driver, and each license plate can be labelled as “linked to friend,” “high risk,” or “usual.” The app can even show you the exact route each detected driver took on a map, including video footage.
Kain released the source code for the tool this weekend at DefCon, an annual hacker convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It’s not exactly clear who Kain is targeting with the tool. It requires somebody especially paranoid — or criminal for that matter — to really get the most out of this Tesla hack.
But it’s a powerful demonstration of the amount of data a Tesla can collect — and how cutting edge facial recognition tech can keep a close tally of everybody around you without you having to bend a finger.
Tesla owners have also used Sentry Mode, a system that uses the vehicle’s external cameras to keep an eye out for potential threats, to catch plenty of vandals before. Perhaps Tesla stalkers are next on the line.
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