Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Capital Business
Capital Business

Manufacturing

Nissan suspends electric cars mobile app over hacking fears

This file photo shows a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, pictured in Niles, Illinois, on December 3, 2012/AFP

This file photo shows a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, pictured in Niles, Illinois, on December 3, 2012/AFP

Nissan Motor said on Friday it has suspended a mobile phone application for a pair of electric vehicles, including the world’s top seller, after finding it can be easily hacked.

Concerns over hacking consumer products have skyrocketed in recent years, due to the profusion of smart technology that means many functions and appliances can be controlled remotely via the Internet.

Nissan was forced to take its global website offline last month after it was brought down by an activist claiming to belong to the Anonymous collective in protest at Japanese whaling.

Japan’s number two carmaker said the app, which controls the vehicles’ air-conditioning systems, was currently unavailable but stressed no other “critical driving elements” were affected in the Leaf and eNV200 models.

“Drivers across the world can continue to use their cars safely and with total confidence,” it added.

The Leaf, the world’s best selling electric car, has clocked up sales of more than 200,000 vehicles since its launch in 2010.

Nissan suspended the app following an internal probe and said it aims to update and relaunch the application “very soon”.

The automaker found the dedicated server for the app had a problem that meant the temperature control and other functions were accessible “via a non-secure route,” it said.

“The only functions that are affected are those controlled via the mobile phone ?- all of which can still be used manually,” Nissan said.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Click to comment
Advertisement

More on Capital Business

Executive Lifestyle

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The country’s super wealthy individuals are increasing their holding of bonds, gold and cash, a new report by Knight...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead...

Headlines

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Commercial Banks have been ordered to provide relief to borrowers on their personal loans, with loans eligible from March...

Ask Kirubi

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be...

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun17 – Kenya’s tea leaves manufacturer Kericho Gold, has been awarded the Superbrands Seal by Superbrands East Africa for their quality variety...

Coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – As the local telecommunications industry gears up to roll out 5G networks in the country, the Communications Authority of...

Coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Airtel Kenya is offering free internet access for students in order to enable continued learning at home in the...