Nissan Leaf cars vulnerable to remote hacking

JapanIT News — The world’s best-selling electric car, the Nissan Leaf, can be remotely hacked thanks to unsecure application programming interfaces (APIs) supplied by the car maker, two security researchers have found. Security researchers Troy Hunt and Scott Helme have demonstrated that the unsecured APIs combined with the VIN number of a car – which is easily visible through a car’s windshield – could allow attackers to remotely control features like the air conditioning and heated seating.

Nissan CEO says some car makers concerned over product control in Google cooperation

Nissan Motor Co chief executive Carlos Ghosn said some car makers remain reticent about working with technology giant Google Inc as it develops driverless vehicles for fear of their brands’ identities becoming submerged. Ghosn, who also heads France’s Renault, said car makers can benefit from collaborating with Google, which offers its Android software for cars and which is building prototypes of self-driving cars. “But at the end of the day, I think all car makers are extremely cautious about maintaining control on their own cars,” he told a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.