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Hackers Demonstrate How Easy it is to Carjack a Vehicle Remotely

Demonstration supports theory that journalist Michael Hastings car was remotely hijacked

Adan Salazar
July 25, 2013

Forbes Magazine has produced a short video report demonstrating how easy it is for computer hackers to assume control of a vehicle remotely, a fascinating revelation in light of theories claiming Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings may have been assassinated using remote carjacking technology already well within the government’s disposal.

Forbes journalist Andy Greenburg recently met with two hackers who re-wired a Toyota Prius to be controlled via an Apple MacBook. Once the pair of hackers attached to the correct set of ports, they were able to input commands spoofing the car’s various sensors, making it to perform a wide range of seemingly impossible stunts.

“They sent commands from their laptops that killed power steering, spoofed the GPS and made pathological liars out of speedometers and odometers,” wrote Greenberg. “Finally they directed me out to a country road, where Valasek showed that he could violently jerk the Prius’ steering at any speed, threatening to send us into a cornfield or a head-on collision.”

Map outlines a few of the features that can be controlled via computer commands. / image courtesy of Forbes Magazine.

Map outlines a few of the features that can be controlled via computer commands. / Image courtesy of Forbes Magazine.

One of the digital carjackers, Chris Valasek, 31, is a director of security intelligence at the Seattle computer security services consulting firm IOActive, a company specializing in industrial smart grid technologies and software assurance. The company recently received an $80,000 grant from the Department of Defense’s DARPA program to “root out security vulnerabilities in automobiles,” according to Greenburg.

“Imagine you’re driving down a highway at 80,” Valasek says. “You’re going into the car next to you or into oncoming traffic. That’s going to be bad times.”

The hackers are also able to kill or initiate the car’s brakes and control the car’s horn and headlights, as well as tighten the passengers’ and driver’s seat belts at will.

Despite the relative ease by which the hackers are able to take command of the vehicle, car companies have remained virtually silent regarding their automobiles’ potential to be remotely accessed and manipulated.

The hackers’ road test not only highlights the serious vulnerabilities built-in to modern cars, it also lends credence to statements made by Former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism Richard Clarke.

As learned last month, Clarke told The Huffington Post that Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings’ car crash was “consistent with a car cyber attack.”

“What has been revealed as a result of some research at universities is that it’s relatively easy to hack your way into the control system of a car, and to do such things as cause acceleration when the driver doesn’t want acceleration, to throw on the brakes when the driver doesn’t want the brakes on, to launch an air bag,” Clarke told The Huffington Post. “You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it’s not that hard.”

“I’m not a conspiracy guy. In fact, I’ve spent most of my life knocking down conspiracy theories,” said Clarke. “But my rule has always been you don’t knock down a conspiracy theory until you can prove it

. And in the case of Michael Hastings, what evidence is available publicly is consistent with a car cyber attack. And the problem with that is you can’t prove it.”

33-year-old BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings died in a fiery car wreck in Hollywood on June 20 when his Mercedes C250 Coupe allegedly hit a tree at high speed, supposedly causing his engine to fly out 100 feet from the site of the crash.

Friends of Hastings say the circumstances surrounding his death don’t add up as he drove “like a grandma,” making the explanation that he would barrel down the road in the middle of the night at high speed highly suspicious.

According to one of his books, Hastings had been the target of multiple death threats following his coverage of the war in Afghanistan, which ultimately led to the resignation of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal.

The deceased writer is said to have been working on his “biggest story yet” about the CIA, according to his close friend Staff Sgt. Joe Biggs.


Snowden Showed Evidence Of US Hacking China To Hong Kong Newspaper

Adam Taylor Jun. 12, 2013, 1:32 PM

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has told a Hong Kong newspaper that the U.S. government has been hacking Hong Kong and Chinese networks for at least four years.

The comments were made as part of the South China Morning Post’s exclusive interview with Snowden — his first since revealing himself on Sunday.

Snowden reportedly showed reporter Lana Lam documents that showed the NSA had been hacking computers in Hong Kong and on the mainland since 2009. He estimated there were hundreds of targets in Hong Kong and mainland China, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong. None of the documents revealed any information about Chinese military systems, Snowden said.

“We hack network backbones – like huge internet routers, basically – that give us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands of computers without having to hack every single one,” Snowden told Lam.

China’s own online espionage efforts were put in the spotlight earlier this year after a report from U.S. security firm Mandiant that accused military-linked groups of hacking major U.S. companies. After that story, China hit back saying Washington was the “real hacking empire.”

Off With Their Heads! – Uncle Sam Takes On Hackers

 “Remember Remember the Fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and Plot.
I know of no reason, why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.

– Traditional Guy Fawkes Day Rhyme

I remember watching the television mini-series V when it first aired and I loved it. I can’t help it, I am a fan of Science Fiction (and even do a little Sci-Fi writing myself) for two reasons. First of all, Sci-Fi is about dreams and vision, the what could be, the possible, the outrageous, and the unknown. It is transmitting a concept for a future world or parallel reality directly from the mind of the author to the mind of the reader. Let me say this, it takes a lot of skill to transfer the image that resides in the mind of the author into the mind of the reader accurately. The Author must use the perfect words, the perfect written tone, and the perfect environment in order to transmit the concept flawlessly to the reader. That is why there is very little “Good” Science Fiction and a lot of unoriginal copycats.

The Other reason for my love of Sci-Fi is for its ability to become a vehicle for good philosophical arguments and examples. Early Sci-Fi is replete with examples of heroes combating injustices like racism and fascism through the use of symbolism, which makes it a bit easier to digest in the translation back to reality. Discussion of Social Issues in the public sphere are typically rejected in a violent manner, especially if the Issues have had very little in the way of public discourse before. Science Fiction allows the storyteller to bring very important Social Issues to light while masking them in a veneer of symbolism which makes it that much easier to discuss.

Where is this going? In the mini-series V, when the Visitors arrive at Earth the first item on their agenda is to meet (and brainwash) with the Secretary General of the UN. The Second item on their agenda is to stage a False Flag Attack on themselves with the blame targeted at Scientists. Why Scientists? The Visitors were a hostile force that pretended to be good guys and they offered a trade of Technology for Earth’s resources. The Visitors knew that only scientists could stop their plans. Only Scientists had the knowledge and resources to discover and exploit the Visitor’s inherent biological weaknesses. Only Scientists had the Logical minds to be able to put two and two together and realize that five was the wrong answer.

Therefore Scientists became a threat to the Invasion Plans.

Hacking…a Computer Science

The Federal Government has been pounding the drum for increased cybersecurity legislation to further restrict the Internet. Our government has literally become a Ghost in the Machine, as everything governmental must be done by computer. Our Government has amassed ridiculous amounts of information on each of its citizens, some perfectly legal, some…questionable in its sourcing. All of the data gets stored in vast databases along with your telephone calls, emails, Internet traffic, and all of your Facebook statuses and friends.

Uncle Sam does more than simply store your personal information. Every cell phone, every webcam, and every CCTV camera has within it a link back to Uncle Sam. Remember Trap Wire? If you have ever disassembled a laptop you will see how the wireless card, the microphone, and the webcam are wired together on the same circuit, so that even if the machine is off the cam and mic can still be accessed via a “Wake On Wireless Lan” option in the system BIOS.

Biometrics can’t possibly be hacked, can they? Of course they can! Everything, whether it is Electronic or one hundred percent Luddite can be hacked. It is the nature of the game, and the game is called reality. Hacking is simply the act of learning how a logical system operates and then using that knowledge for your own ends. In some cases the rules may need to be bent to allow you to do what you want, in other cases they must be completely broken. The Key to it all is to leave the system as intact as you entered it. Discretion is the religion of the Hacker and Knowledge is his God.

The push to demonize Hackers, especially Anonymous is nothing more than the Visitors performing their own false Flag to blame Scientists. Our Government lives and dies by its IT Infrastructure. All of the nasty little gadgets that Uncle Sam just can’t wait to use on us…Electronic. Aside from the electronic aspect of it all there is this strange government mentality that the Internet is God. If a thing is good it must connect to the Internet, for the Internet is the End-all and Be-all of All Things.

I understand the source of this strange idea and I can’t say that I like it all that well. The fact is that if it is on the Internet, Uncle Sam knows about it. This is both a Boon and a Bane to the Feds. The Boon is that all information can/is accessed, scanned, categorized, flagged, and stored, therefore Uncle Sam has real-time intelligence of the utmost quality. The Bane is that if the network is down or information is told word-of-mouth or handwritten on paper…that vast cybersecurity infrastructure becomes entirely useless.

Now imagine that your entire world lives and dies based on The Network. Now imagine that a group of tech-savvy individuals could easily destroy your information monopoly either by shutting it down, destroying data, compromising servers, or even reconfigure your surveillance equipment to work against you, not for you. What would YOU do? You would do everything within your power to remove the threat, including False Flag operations to blame hackers.

Anonymous is the ideal of the Free Market. Why? Because there is no leader, it is an organization that is not organized. It is a collection of individuals who vote by action not by word. It is a leaderless, rudderless group of intelligent and irate computer gurus who get involved with an operation if they themselves feel that it is morally correct. I admire the beauty and simplicity of Anonymous, however, this sort of “organization” can also be hijacked by those in Government as well.

Anonymous operates based on a system of Operations. An Operation is announced for a certain target on a certain date, then, if enough individuals believe in the Operation, it occurs. Operations are announced routinely that get no support, therefore the Op rots on the vine, never seeing implementation of the action or it will see a very limited implementation due to a handful of believers. It may not be a pretty system, but it is a pretty effective system. Ayn Rand would be proud; Anonymous is Individuality and Free Market Thought in action.

Just as the Government now lives and dies by the bit and baud, Anonymous lives and dies by the actions its members take. It is easy to put on a Guy Fawkes mask and make threats. It is NOT easy to have others follow you, especially if the “operation” that you are threatening goes against every fiber of the Anonymous group. It is, however, very easy to have those fake threats be given very real PR light in the mainstream media. With “operations” being planned and given airtime via the MSM, it is very easy to cast the entire movement in an extremely bad light.

How can you tell if an “Operation” is real or not? Ask yourself a few simple questions. Did the Operation even take place? Most Anonymous Operation posts never actually gain the momentum to occur. People in Anonymous vote with their works not their words. If there was little or no turn out then it simply was not up to Anonymous standards.

The False Flag is almost always visible when an Operation involves violence. Anonymous has made a few non-hacking operations, but none of them involved blowing things up or killing people. When those videos appear it is someone else, probably the Feebs, instigating a false flag or creating bad PR for the Anonymous movement. For the most part Anonymous is quiet in the media as there is no official spokesman, no leader, and the only contact with the Public is through the release of an Op, which is done as a Youtube video, or when the Op actually takes place.

Anonymous is a System, a Logical System, and therefore it maintains a certain pattern to its activities. When something breaks that pattern or seems to veer away from that pattern…It’s not Anonymous, It’s simply an idiot.

Seek Truth Always,

-Prometheus Unchained

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