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Tesla’s cloud system was hacked to mine cryptocurrency

Tesla’s cloud system was hacked to mine cryptocurrency
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The electric vehicle maker’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud account was hacked and installed with Stratum, a cryptocurrency mining software, reports CNBC. The so-called cryptojacking was allowed to happen because no password was set for Tesla’s Kubernetes admin console, leaving its AWS account exposed. British insurer Aviva and Dutch SIM-maker Gemalto have also been affected by similar cryptojackings recently, where a hacker installs software on another’s more powerful system to put it to use to mine cryptocurrencies. A spokesperson for Tesla said that it does not currently believe customer data or the security of its vehicles were affected in the hack.

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