Nissan Motor Co. has disabled an app for the Leaf that left the electric car vulnerable to hackers, allowing someone to see the car’s driving history and other data.
The NissanConnect EV app, which allows Leaf drivers to control the car’s heating and cooling over the phone, had a security flaw publicized by Australian researcher Troy Hunt.
He says the security flaw can allow hackers to adjust other cars’ temperatures and to review their driving histories from the app.
Hunt, in a post published Wednesday on his blog, said he brought the flaw to the attention of Nissan on Jan. 23 and numerous times since.
Nissan did not disable the app until Wednesday night.
“I would have preferred to see faster action from Nissan,” Hunt wrote. “In my view, this is the sort of flaw that needs to have the service pulled until it can be fixed properly and restored.”