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February update on car hacks, partnerships and new product launches


Researcher reveals vulnerabilities in NissanConnect EV app

An Australian researcher unveiled security vulnerabilities in Nissan Leaf’s app NissanConnect, an app that allows owners of the EV to remotely access some of its functions. The vulnerability is not life- threatening but could allow hackers to remotely send commands to the electric vehicle which could affect its battery life and even access journey and distance data. The app requires a vehicle’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) which the researcher was able to crack but disabling the app would eliminate security concerns for owners.


Movimento partnered with security provider Vidder to deliver a cloud-based security solution that stops potential hacks in their tracks. Movimento will incorporate Vidder’s PrecisionAccess, which is based on a new Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) architecture, into its OTA platform to prevent hacks.

New product launches

During the Barcelona MWC, Samsung launched Connect Auto, a connected car dongle which plugs directly to the vehicle’s OBD II port. The solution is secured using Samsung Knox and Tizen OS for interoperability.

Additionally, from 2017, Volvo owners will be able to opt for a digital key via a mobile app, to substitute the physical key and make car sharing easier.

Finally, Renesas Electronics announced that it will offer a beta form of its Synergy Platform DLM, a solutions that provides security capabilities to OEMs who build devices connecting to the IoT, to select customers starting April 2016 and as a standard product in Q1, CY2017

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To learn more about the Automotive Cyber Security market, including the market status in 2015 and our forecast on the adoption of Cyber Security solutions for Connected Cars in key geographies over the next decade read our report:

Automotive Cyber Security Market Forecast: the secure Connected Car

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