Nissan LEAF Vulnerable To Hacks

Posted: Feb 24 2016, 1:45pm CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles


Nissan LEAF Vulnerable to Hacks
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  • Security researchers reveal major Nissan LEAF vulnerable hacks!

The heating and air-conditioning systems of the Electric Vehicle can be hijacked through the hack.

It seems the Nissan LEAF cars can be easily hacked. The vulnerability was revealed by prominent security researchers. The heating and air-conditioning systems of the car can be hijacked.

Security researcher Troy Hunt reported a flaw with the electric vehicle's companion app. The flaw meant data about drivers' recent journeys could be spied on. Hunt gave Nissan a month to fix the issue before he decided to make it public.

Although the flaw still exists all hope is not lost. Hunt also revealed car owners could protect themselves by disabling their Nissan CarWings account.

Customers who never signed up for the account are risk free. Hunt also admitted although the issue was not life-threatening, it was still exploitation. Hackers could have exploited the NissanConnect app's vulnerability to cause mischief.

For example the hackers could have run down the car battery to cause trouble. Hunt believes the right thing to do would be for Nissan to turn it off altogether. Hunt even revealed Nissan has carried out no authorization on the app, which is very odd. 

To hack the NissanConnect app only a car's vehicle identification number (Vin) is required to take control. The Vin code is usually traced into a car's windscreen.

So it is relatively easy to copy the Vin number. The last five digits of the Vin differ from car to car. So only five digits are required to hack into a car.

Similarly if 100,000 possible Vin are somehow discovered then the AC of every car could be turned on at the same time. Nissan has not made a comment against the allegations. 

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