Hackers typically crack software, but web application security researcher Sam Curry quite literally cracked his Tesla Model 3 and discovered a vulnerability that earned him a hefty reward from the car maker's bug bounty program.

After a rock bounced up and damaged the windshield of Curry's very own Model 3, the seemingly unlucky happenstance actually led him to a vulnerability that he says could have allowed attackers to pull and modify live information about drivers' vehicles, and possibly view customer information as well.

The find earned him $10,000 from Tesla's bug bounty program, Curry reported in a July 14 post on his personal blog.

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