Demolition derby . . . assassinations?
As you might or might not be aware, counterterrorism expert Richard Clark says the car crash of Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings was consistent with a car cyber attack.
A car cyber attack is when the car’s electronics is taken over or hacked by another party remotely, taking control of the car. Such things as the brake’s anti-locking system, acceleration, and even radio stations can be controlled remotely (i.e., taken over wirelessly). Disconcerting to say the least. The obvious advantage of killing people with a car cyber attack is that the death is made to look like a car accident. However, Mr. Hastings untimely death was not the first time a car cyber attack had been suspected in a death. Take for example, Danny Jowenko, a Dutch demolition expert who said this:
Not long after noting matter of factly that World Trade Center Tower 7 was certainly brought down through a controlled demolition, Mr. Jowenko suffered a car accident. The videographer on the scene of his accident noted some crash inconsistencies in the following video.
I would only say Mr. Jowenko pointed out the obvious, that if it walks like a duck, falls like a duck, and has the sounds of explosion in the lobby reported by New York’s Deputy Director for Emergency Services, Barry Jennings, it most likely is a demolition. Jennings like Jowenko ended up dead without apparently any autopsy.
Tower 7 was also the same building that housed the offices of the Central Intelligence Agency. Which brings us to journalist Michael Hastings, who texted just before his death that he was being harassed by the CIA/FBI. Like Jowenko, Mr. Hastings apparently had unearthed information that to use his own words was going to be a “big story.”
Captured on a store surveillance camera it shows Mr. Hastings car travelling at a high rate of speed, ending in a bright flash. Note carefully dear reader that Mr. Hastings rear brake tail lights do not come on. One they might not have been applied if Mr. Hastings had fallen asleep at the wheel while travelling at a high rate of speed. Or perhaps Mr. Hastings had opted not to write the biggest story of his career and decided to commit suicide. Though I would consider this unlikely because journalists live for the big story, and do not usually become suicidal because of them.
Which suggest there was definitely some malfunction of the brakes which brings us to the following video of Dr. Kathleen Fisher of DARPA. That is, the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency. In this video, she discusses the possibility of cyber car hacking, like turning off brake systems.
Dr. Stefan Savage of the University of California at San Diego and Tadayoshi Kohno at the University of Washington have already demonstrated that doing such things as taking over the accelerator and brakes is possible, in a car with an OnStar system. Another such system is Mercedes Benz’s Mbrace. Anyway, this is what researchers Savage and Kohno had to say about the matter:
For example, the attack code on the telematics unit could perform some action (such as locking the brakes after detecting a speed of over 80 MPH). The attack code could then erase any evidence of its existence on the device..
Vehicle telematics are any integration of communication and informatics. Systems of this sort can be linked to with a cellular connection. Mr. Hastings was driving a Mercedes Benz. Savage’s study was with a standard sedan, the make and model of which was not revealed by the researchers so as not to offend the carmaker. I will only say that Mr. Hastings car was not the first Mercedes to go dodgy. Princess Diana was travelling in a Mercedes 280-S when it crashed due to pilot . . . I mean driver error.
Now if only the driver of this vehicle might have been named something like “Wi tu Lo or Sum ting Wong.” Yes, I would imagine driving by wire is pretty much like flying by wire nowadays.