What Happened in the Fatal Crash that Killed Michael Hastings?
"...While the mainstream media crowed about “conspiracy theories” swirling around “the internet” in the days after Hastings’ Mercedes turned into a high-speed incinerator, the decidedly staid Clarke talked pointedly with The Huffington Post about the circumstances surrounding the bizarre crash that took the young investigative reporter’s life.
His language was unvarnished and his assertions chilling. Clarke told reporter Mike Hogan that not only is there “…reason to believe that intelligence agencies for major powers” can cyber-attack, hijack and then remotely control a car, but this type of attack guarantees that “…whoever did it would probably get away with it.”
Strangely enough, that seems important.
As does this excerpt from the Huffington Post article:
“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.”
So, while we were all haggling over the ominous threat posed by domestically deployed drones, that emerging menace suddenly pales in comparison to the immediate and real danger facing just about anyone who bought a car over the last 15 years. And if you were an “early adopter” and GM enthusiast, you could’ve purchased an OnStar-ready vehicle as far back as 1996.
Since then, the integration of cars, computers, Bluetooth, mobile phone and satellite tracking (GPS) technologies have accelerated at a heady pace. One simple OnStar feature, for example, is “Stolen Vehicle Slowdown” which allows a remote operator to decelerate a vehicle.
It doesn’t take much to extrapolate, as Clarke did, what might happen to a hacked car driven by a high-value target. Really, with the difficulty in tracing an attack after the car, computers and driver have been “compromised” by a raging inferno, even not-so-high value targets that previously might have escaped retribution are now, thanks to technology, easy prey that might be too tempting to pass up...."