Tesla Motors’ website and Twitter accounts ended up briefly hijacked over the weekend.
The electric car maker revealed some information on the attack. Some users who visited teslamotors.com this weekend received a message that read, “Hacked by Autismsquad!” The attackers also hijacked the official Tesla Twitter accounts along with the Twitter account of the company’s CEO, Elon Musk.
The hackers used the hijacked social media accounts to post messages saying Tesla was giving away free cars to those who follow certain Twitter accounts and call a phone number. An individual claiming it was his leaked phone number said a member of the Lizard Squad group was behind the Tesla attack.
According to Tesla, the attackers defaced teslamotors.com via a DNS hijack attack, not by breaching the company’s servers. Apparently, the hackers social engineered employees of AT&T and Network Solutions in order to hijack the website and Twitter accounts.
“This case is under investigation, here’s what we know: Posing as a Tesla employee, somebody called AT&T customer support and had them forward calls to an illegitimate phone number. The impostor then contacted the domain registrar company that hosts teslamotors.com, Network Solutions,” a Tesla spokesperson said in a published report. “Using the forwarded number, the imposter added a bogus email address to the Tesla domain admin account. The impostor then reset the password of the domain admin account, routed most of the website traffic to a spoof website and temporarily gained access to Tesla’s and Elon’s Twitter accounts.”
“Some customers may have noticed temporary changes to teslamotors.com on their browsers or experienced difficulty when using our mobile app to access Model S. Both were due to teslamotors.com being re-routed,” the Tesla representative added. “Our corporate network, cars and customer database remained secure throughout the incident. We have restored everything back to normal. We are working with AT&T, Network Solutions, and federal authorities to further investigate and take all necessary actions to make sure this never happens again.”