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Nissan secretly disable Leaf app due to hacker risk

A flaw in the software of the Nissan Leaf App has caused the company to disable the application until further notice. Hackers have been able to carry out various attacks such as draining the cars battery, change climate controls in the car and even track previous journeys by time & distance but not location. Nissan were informed about the issue a month a go but only took action after details of the issue were put online. Nissan denies there were any safety issues. The security researcher who had alerted Nissan about the problem believes they did not consider it a problem quickly enough, even after many people started to discuss it on online forums. Australian based Mr Troy Hunt was able to control the heating and air conditioning systems of a car in the UK of a complete strangers car. Commands were sent via a web browser because of information as simple as a VIN number, which is usually stenciled into the windscreens of cars. The car's companion app was not configured to verify the owners identity, which made it easy to script a process that would search the net for vulnerable vehicles. It has now been said that the Nissan eNV200 van range is affected, which has also now been shut down by Nissan. So, things to consider from this information is how many other brands use this system and would you be affected? Is this an indication that manufacturers are stretching too far with modern advances in the motor industry? Should a car remain a car and not a computer?

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Posted on 10th November 2016 at 6:31 PM

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