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Cry Like A Baby Re: Just wondering, what if someone develops a Car Virus !

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One scifi scenario (from the near future): the diagnostic computers that are used by the dealer network (eg Alfa Examiner) download latest procedures and fixes from the manufacturer central server. This server has been infected by a virus, which has the ability to spread as a part of the downloaded procedure. So all dealer network diagnostic computers do get infected. And then these diagnostic computers in turn reprogram all the ECUs they are connected to... eg:
- put in a routine which start increasing the mileage of the car at double speed,
-or occasionally advancing the timing so that eventually the pistons/valves burn,
- or just simply activating the MIL check lamp from time to time, causing frustrating visits back to dealer

Actually it doesn't even have to be a virus, just a plain and stupid programming error which has escaped the testing routines...

Not possible?
I know that recently some Rovers came with a bug on the ECU that made them start bad or not even start when cold. The solution: bring you car to the dealer and have its software updated. Not scifi at all...
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Re: Just wondering, what if someone develops a Car Virus !

Well Blue tooth for example appears to have been hacked!

"Be careful the next time you turn on your Bluetooth-enabled phone: You could unknowingly be opening the door to a nasty intruder who could steal confidential information such as your address book or even use your phone to make expensive calls."
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[QUOTE I believe that the diversity of micros on cars today is not so diverse QUOTE]

You're talking about common component suppliers; each supplier uses different micros to suit each application and each micro has different machine code. The chances of two systems being compatible, even those from the same supplier, are slim to say the least.
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