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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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