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Next week a computer security conference will host a competition to hack a Tesla Model S sedan with a prize of US$10,000 on offer.

According to Forbes, the conference organisers, SyScan (Symposium on Security for Asia Network), will have a Tesla Model S on site for participants to electronically intrude upon. There will also be some computers on hand, although we suspect that serious contestants will prefer to use their own machines with their favourite tools already preloaded.

A spokesperson from Tesla says that the company isn’t involved in the conference’s competition. Hopefully the car on hand will pose more of a challenge to contestants than Nitesh Dhanjani’s personal Model S, which, with time and brute force, could be unlocked by guessing the six-character password used to secure the car’s smartphone app.

Earlier this year Tesla hired Kristin Paget, formerly “Hacker Princess” at Apple (yes, that was the title on her business card), to help the company “secure things”.

Tesla Model S web browser

The SyScan360 security conference will take place on July 16 and 17 in Beijing, and tickets start from US$319.

SyScan360 has yet to announce what the rules of the competition will be, with the conference’s website stating plainly that they “will be announced soon”.

Speakers at the Beijing conference include a white hat hacker (a professional good hacker paid by companies to test their systems to the fullest), the people behind a popular iPhone jailbreak, and in-house penetration testers from a major British bank.