Nissan Leaf electric cars allow you to control some of its features via a smartphone app. Unfortunately, this also allows attackers to control the heat and air conditioning. The attack isn’t very sophisticated and doesn’t even require the app, just a carefully constructed file sent by a web browser. Nissan is aware of the issue but no fix is yet available.
Internet connectivity for cars is becoming more common yet most automobile manufacturers have never had to deal with security until now. It’s a much different environment than the closed off embedded engine control systems they’re familiar with and they need to come up to speed faster than they seem to be so far.