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Nissan disables Leaf app after car hack risk revealed online


Nissan has suspended the functions of an app that could have been used to hack its Leaf electric cars.

The action follows the revelation that a flaw with the software meant that an attacker could run down the battery of a target’s car and see data about its recent journeys. The firm had been informed of the problem a month ago but only acted after details of the issue were flagged online. Nissan denies there was a safety issue. However, it has disclosed that its eNV200 electric vans were also vulnerable.

Lord Howard and George Osborne at odds over EU exit

Former Conservative leader Michael Howard is backing a UK exit from an “outdated, flawed and failing EU”.

He told the BBC the UK should have the “national self-confidence” to go its own way, arguing that it had the clout to negotiate trade deals with anyone. He said David Cameron should stay on as PM even if the UK voted to leave in order to negotiate the terms of exit. But Chancellor George Osborne has said if Britain voted to leave the EU it would cause a profound economic shock.


The Financial Times

Business investment dips sharply

Business investment had its biggest fall since 2014 in the final quarter of the year, as the weakening global environment and Brexit jitters hit company confidence. While most economists had expected business concerns in the run-up to the referendum on European membership, Andrzej Szczepaniak, economist at Barclays, said the data suggested “investment started slowing before we had anticipated”. The figures from the Office for National Statistics showing investment falling 2.1 per cent came as a particular disappointment after two consecutive quarters of growth.


The Guardian

Volkswagen pressed to fix dirty diesel cars in emissions cheat scandal

A federal judge on Thursday pressed Volkswagen to find a way to fix its dirty diesel cars that are still on the roadways.

“600,000 vehicles are on the road today, out of compliance,” said US district Judge Charles Breyer at a hearing in San Francisco. “It’s an ongoing harm that has to be addressed, and that gives a sense of urgency.” He set 24 March as the date for Volkswagen and the Environmental Protection Agency to report back as to whether a solution was forthcoming and what it might look like.

UK growth confirmed at 0.5% thanks to consumer spending

Consumer spending helped Britain’s economy grow in the last quarter, but exports failed to keep pace with imports. The UK economy grew by 0.5% in the final three months of 2015. That confirms the initial estimate of GDP growth from the Office for National Statistics. That means Britain grew faster than Germany (which posted GDP growth of 0.3%), France (+0.2), and the United States (+0.2%).


The Independent

More than 2,000 drivers caught speeding at more than 100mph, police say

More than five motorists a day were caught speeding over 100mph in 2014-15, police have said. The fastest speed recorded was clocked by a driver in a BMW M4 Coupe doing 156mph – more than double the speed limit – on the A1(M) in Cambridgeshire in March. The figures come from a Freedom of Information request submitted by BBC Radio 5 Live which shows at least 2,169 traffic reports were filed by UK police forces against motorists travelling at more than 100mph. Police were asked to reveal the number of offences they recorded where a motorist was found – either by a speed camera or from an officer’s speed radar – to be going over 100mph in the financial year 2014-2015.

Posted by Lois Hardy on 26/02/2016