Troy Hunt controlled the climate systems of a car on the other side of the world
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Nissan Leaf security flaw exposed by security expert

A leading cybersecurity expert has revealed that hackers can hijack some of the Nissan's Leaf electric cars systems relatively easily.

Troy Hunt says a flaw with the vehicle's companion app means that attackers can use a web browser to turn on the vehicle's heat and air conditioning systems and steal data about recent journeys.

He said this could allow them to run down its battery, although he stressed they could not affect its driving controls.

Nissan told the BBC it was aware of the issue and is committed to resolving it. The Japanese firm added that it did not believe there was a safety risk.

Mr Hunt's blog explains how Leaf owners can protect themselves.

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  • 24 Feb 2016
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