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NSA in Your NSX: Your Car is a Data Breach Waiting to Happen

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Your faithful four-wheeled companion?– the one that costs you an arm and a lower-leg but you still love it?- has the data-gathering potential to make your life the Kafkaesque nightmare.

Researchers have found that a car’s computer system can identify a driver just by the way they operate the vehicle. Even something as simple as the brake your pedal can pinpoint who’utes behind the wheel, according to a study published in Wired.

A study crafted by scientists at the?University of Washington and the University of California from San Diego will be presented at a tech symposium in Germany this July. In it, they analyzed data from vehicles powered by test topics, probing their personal computers (known as the CAN coach) for clues.

Feedback in the brake pedal alone allowed the team to identify a specific driver out of a 15-person test pool with 90 percent accuracy. Checking other car owner inputs over a extended period of time (90 minutes) brought which figure up to 100 percent.

“With very limited levels of driving data we can enable very powerful as well as accurate inferences concerning the driver’s identity,” Miro Enev, an old University of Wa researcher, told the actual publication.

Forget about the government peering through your blinds at night, and never thoughts your cell phone or even cable provider. Your car is keeping tabs on a person.

Now that a vehicle may identify its car owner, inevitable fears arise about that faithful friend ratting you out to the government bodies. Changes in the way a driver pilots his or her vehicle can point to the medical condition, an reduced state, even the incorrect person behind the wheel of a rental. For now, though, the evidence stays hidden in the vehicle’s data bank.

That might not be the case for too long. Some insurance companies already allow drivers to provide up their car’s data in exchange for reduce rates, while other drivers enjoy importing their data to the cloud via devices that plug in to the CAN bus.

That data can then be seen by third parties.

If vehicles turn out to be able to upload their own data to the Internet, the privacy risk develops. How free are you prepared to be with your car’utes data?

Because of the danger, security measures should be built into any gadget designed to measure a single perform, such a gas mileage, Enev said.

[Source: Wired (via Autofocus)] [Image:?rh2ox/Flickr]

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