This is getting creepy.
Former National Security Advisor Richard Clarke has stated that the death of journalist Michael Hastings could have been caused by a hijacking you might not have imagined. We know he was driving his high performance car.
Perhaps, someone hacked into the controls of his car, and wrecked it while he was driving, perhaps the hackers might have turned off his brakes, sped up and locked him in the car while it hit a tree so fast it literally exploded and tossed the formerly useful engine around 70 feet away.
Recently researchers at the University of Washington and the University of California, San Diego have written papersthat address the possibility.
The first one, “Experimental Security Analysis of a Modern Vehicle” says yes, you can hack into a car’s controls and operate the car. The second paper “Comprehensive Experimental Analyses of Automotive Attack Surfaces ” says you can do it remotely.
How would someone accomplish this? Well, they could place malware on your iPad that would download into your car’s operation systems and give it access to someone else. OnStar makes your car in effect online while you are driving. The modern car is a security nightmare in this respect.
Why is this so frightening? Well, we know no one will do an investigation because it would rub up against real power in this country. Hastings forced the removal of a theater commander in General McChrystal. In my most frightening nightmare scenario, I see this as a sort of Stalinesque police state. Shine light on enough perfidy and the strangest accidents will happen. Accidents that won’t look like accidents when a journalist is driving high performance vehicle at extremely high speeds at 4:15 in the morning.
In his book, “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” he received a death threat that went something like this: “We’ll hunt you down and kill you if we don’t like what you write.”