The Nissan Leaf may be the best selling electric car, but computer security experts say the car can easily be brought under the control of hackers.
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Security researchers Troy Hunt and Scott Helme said they were able to turn on the car’s heated seating and steering wheel, fans and air conditioning remotely, Wired reported.
Using the Internet, Hunt, sitting in Australia, gained remote access to a non-moving Leaf, in the United Kingdom, using a security loophole in the company’s Connect app.
The Nissan app allows drivers to control their car remotely.
Hunt claims the app has poor security, needing only the car’s vehicle identification number, or VIN, to get access. That number is usually found behind the windshield on the dash.
When Helme disconnected his car from the app, Hunt wasn’t able to gain access.
This isn’t the first time there were reports of cars being hacked.
Last year, Wired reported car doors being unlocked and windshield wipers turning on and off. One case cited a Jeep stopped running on a road with the driver inside.