We’re living in someone else’s playground. I for one, refuse to live my life that way. By now you’ve all seen multiple articles on the WikiLeaks Vault 7 dispatch. If you haven’t, I’ll be rounding up the best of them (so far) tomorrow. We all suspected that our intelligence agencies had extraordinary power to spy on us but that power is even more expansive than we could have guessed. It’s also being used far more recklessly than we could have imagined. This is going to require enormous, angry pushback by American citizens. We cannot be satisfied by a bill or two that curtails their power. Corrupt entities like the CIA will shamelessly ignore the law and the Constitution. So anything less than a fundamental dismantling of the U.S. security apparatus and rebuilding it into an effective but accountable entity is not acceptable.
But for tonight, let’s focus on one element of the CIA’s interest. I’m focusing on this item because a man died three and a half years ago who was trying to warn us of the evil panopticon that the CIA and NSA had become.
WikiLeaks warns CIA can hack cars for ‘undetectable assassinations’ – Washington Examiner
The CIA has been investigating ways to manipulate the control systems of modern cars and trucks that could be used for covert assassinations, WikiLeaks said on Tuesday as part of its dump of more than 8,700 documents that it claims are from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence.
“As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks,” WikiLeaks said in a statement. “The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.”
Most cars are now equipped with electronic brake control systems, and a number of systems, including acceleration, airbags, steering, door locks and entertainment system are controlled by sensors and computers, making them susceptible to hacking.
However, the risk of cars being hacked is nothing new. In 2014, two hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, demonstrated they could remotely hack the Jeep Grand Cherokee through its entertainment system and gain access to the vehicle’s other functions. Car companies and part manufacturers have beefed up security against such attacks, but the threat remains.
Security that the CIA can easily hack. Remember this guy?