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February 24, 2016

Hacked: A Nissan Leaf via its Own App, Halfway around the World

A security researcher has exposed a security flaw in one of the world’s most popular cars, the Nissan Leaf. The exploit takes advantage of a vulnerability through the car’s own application to take control of the car’s functions and journey logs.

Australian security researcher Troy Hunt began his experiment by testing a Nissan Leaf belonging to a fellow security researcher in the UK. He was able to ascertain the VIN (vehicle identity number) easily enough and with it, Hunt was able to turn on the air conditioning and heating systems of the fully electric vehicle.

The vulnerability and the exploit are explained in Hunt’s blog [...]

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December 15, 2015

Video: Hacker Uses Smartphone to Hack a Connected Car

An associate professor and white-hat hacker, Hiroyuki Inoue, has demonstrated a proof-of-concept showing cars that are equipped with internet-connected devices can be hacked and even remotely controlled by wielding a smartphone.

In an experiment, Hiroyuki Inoue, an associate professor at Hiroshima City University’s Graduate School of Information Sciences, Japan, has proved that connected cars can be remotely hacked with a smartphone application. The associate professor and hacker used a 2013 Toyota Corolla Fielder Hybrid for the demonstration, as reported by the Japan Times.

It is important to note that the exploit isn’t one to affect cars that are still driven as [...]

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