Car computer security
July 7, 2014 10:48 AM Subscribe
What sort of personal information would be stored on a newer model car's computer that was used for 2 or 3 years, totaled, and then sent to the junk yard? Has anyone researched or begun to address the security risks of more complicated car computers, if they exist at all?
posted by codacorolla to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I ask because a friend of mine is a hobbyist mechanic, and we were talking about how he'll scavenge at a junk yard for parts that he can flip online for other hobbyist mechanics. We got onto the topic of how he was making decent side cash pulling and selling car computers (ECU). This made me wonder what sort of security risks more modern car computers might hold.
Most of the ECUs that he was dealing with were simpler affairs (mostly ROM chips that handle stuff like fuel injection), but I know that more modern cars have increasingly advanced computers that handle at least GPS, and increasingly stuff like connections to cloud services such as email.
I brought this up, and he wasn't sure, but he said that junk yards tend to see stuff that's about 8 to 15 years out, so it wasn't something that's likely to be an issue since these more complex computers have just recently started hitting the market.
Also any general information that you can contribute about security and car computers would be of interest.