Journalist Michael Hastings is dead at 33

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Postby Luther Blissett » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:32 pm

Under fully automated gay luxury space communism, we definitely won't have to drive unless for pleasure.

Think about it this way, there are at least two positive feedback loops in overdrive right now and the head of the EPA insists that carbon dioxide doesn't contribute to global warming, so we're pretty fucked. I have a more optimistic view of our outlook than Guy McPherson, who thinks civilization won't make it past 2026, but the combustion engine is going to go one way or the other. I prefer that the vision be one of sci-fi socialism and willingly shared people moving, but if we don't fight capitalism it's going to be killer robot car assassins for all of us.
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Re: Journalist Michael Hastings is dead at 33

Postby Iamwhomiam » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:35 pm

Thanks for the Aphrodite video, Grizzly. I had know Kennedy was killed in a airplane accident, but never knew it exploded or that he had been part of that RC program.

82, you have a very cool vehicle! you'll be one of the very few able to still drive after an EMP. (You could probably stick a porsche engine in it!) Pre '72, I believe, remain unaffected. I've got a '65 Honda (305) Dream, but lot's more to do before it's roadworthy good to go. Samurai helmet-like fenders!
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Postby PufPuf93 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:08 pm

I would be so pleased in some perverted sense if Hastings death could be firmly established as a high tech assassination but that is wishful thinking.

I have been living since late July without wheels where wheels are needed and there is no public alternative.

My need is for something that can carry light loads of firewood and be 4wd because of weather and local roads.

My best advisor lives closer to civilization and thinks I need a Volt or other electrical car.

I figure that I have 5 or 10 more years of comfortably living the mountain lifestyle and then will need to be closer to civilization.

To the end of getting new vehicle, I am putting the carcasses of my two vehicles on Craig's List (but not until tomorrow as I need light to get VIN).

So if one wants a 1955 Willy's CJ5 salvage or a low mileage (93,000 miles) 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited watch Craig's list.

I like the Grand Cherokee and it is OK on gas and insurance as I don't drive much and it travels most anywhere in comfort but it needs a new engine and probably is not worth the cost to fix. In hindsight I should have kept PU and sold Grand Cherokee several years ago.

I am thinking about starting to sell off library or parts there of on internet. Anyone have a recommendation as to platform? I have been thinking of ABEBooks.

Apologize for off topic as I meander about mumbling.
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Re: Journalist Michael Hastings is dead at 33

Postby Iamwhomiam » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:14 am

Shedding things that have given us comfort is sometimes difficult to due through no fault of our own, other than we acquired it. I've given that motorcycle away to three people already!
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Re: Journalist Michael Hastings is dead at 33

Postby elfismiles » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:52 pm

Tesla Model X Hack

Chinese Researchers Hack Tesla Model X in Impressive Video
By Catalin Cimpanu, July 28, 2017 ... ive-video/

Car Hacking Research: Remote Attack Tesla Motors by Keen Security Lab

Published on Sep 19, 2016

With several months of in-depth research on Tesla Cars, we have discovered multiple security vulnerabilities and successfully implemented remote, aka none physical contact, control on Tesla Model S in both Parking and Driving Mode. It is worth to note that we used an unmodified car with latest firmware to demonstrate the attack.

Following the global industry practice on “responsible disclosure” of product security vulnerabilities, we have reported the technical details of all the vulnerabilities discovered in the research to Tesla. The vulnerabilities have been confirmed by Tesla Product Security Team.

Keen Security Lab appreciates the proactive attitude and efforts of Tesla Security Team, leading by Chris Evans, on responding our vulnerability report and taking actions to fix the issues efficiently. Keen Security Lab is coordinating with Tesla on issue fixing to ensure the driving safety of Tesla users.

As far as we know, this is the first case of remote attack which compromises CAN Bus to achieve remote controls on Tesla cars. We have verified the attack vector on multiple varieties of Tesla Model S. It is reasonable to assume that other Tesla models are affected. Keen Security Lab would like to send out this reminder to all Tesla car owners:


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Postby mentalgongfu2 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:57 pm

Unpatchable Flaw Affects Most of Today's Modern Cars

By Catalin Cimpanu
August 16, 2017

A flaw buried deep in the hearts of all modern cars allows an attacker with local or even remote access to a vehicle to shut down various components, including safety systems such as airbags, brakes, parking sensors, and others.

The vulnerability affects the CAN (Controller Area Network) protocol that's deployed in modern cars and used to manage communications between a vehicle's internal components.

It will take a new generation of cars to patch the flaw
The flaw was discovered by a collaborative effort of Politecnico di Milano, Linklayer Labs, and Trend Micro's Forward-looking Threat Research (FTR) team.

Researchers say this flaw is not a vulnerability in the classic meaning of the word. This is because the flaw is more of a CAN standard design choice that makes it unpatchable.

Patching the issue means changing how the CAN standard works at its lowest levels. Researchers say car manufacturers can only mitigate the vulnerability via specific network countermeasures, but cannot eliminate it entirely.

"To eliminate the risk entirely, an updated CAN standard should be proposed, adopted, and implemented," researchers say. "Realistically, it would take an entire generation of vehicles for such a vulnerability to be resolved, not just a recall or an OTA (on-the-air) upgrade."

Flaw leads to shutdown of various car components
Researchers say that almost any modern car in circulation today is likely affected. Bosch developed the CAN protocol in 1983, and it became an ISO standard in 1993. Nearly all modern cars use it to interconnect components.

The vulnerability researchers describe is a denial of service attack. The issue can be exploited with local access by default, but if any of the car's components contains a remotely-exploitable flaw, then the CAN vulnerability can also be exploited from a remote location.

Below is an explanation of how the vulnerability works:

CAN messages, including errors, are called “frames.” Our attack focuses on how CAN handles errors. Errors arise when a device reads values that do not correspond to the original expected value on a frame. When a device detects such an event, it writes an error message onto the CAN bus in order to “recall” the errant frame and notify the other devices to entirely ignore the recalled frame. This mishap is very common and is usually due to natural causes, a transient malfunction, or simply by too many systems and modules trying to send frames through the CAN at the same time.

If a device sends out too many errors, then—as CAN standards dictate—it goes into a so-called Bus Off state, where it is cut off from the CAN and prevented from reading and/or writing any data onto the CAN. This feature is helpful in isolating clearly malfunctioning devices and stops them from triggering the other modules/systems on the CAN.

This is the exact feature that our attack abuses. Our attack triggers this particular feature by inducing enough errors such that a targeted device or system on the CAN is made to go into the Bus Off state, and thus rendered inert/inoperable. This, in turn, can drastically affect the car’s performance to the point that it becomes dangerous and even fatal, especially when essential systems like the airbag system or the antilock braking system are deactivated.
Special device needed to carry out local attacks
The research team says that all it takes is a specially-crafted device that attackers have to connect to the car's CAN bus through local open ports. The device reuses frames already circulating in the CAN rather than injecting new ones, generating errors and causing a denial-of-service in various car components.

Car attack rig

The Department of Homeland Security's ICS-CERT has issued an alert regarding this flaw, albeit there is little to be done on the side of car makers.

"The only current recommendation for protecting against this exploit is to limit access to input ports (specifically OBD-II) on automobiles," said ICS-CERT experts in an alert released last month.

In the long term, researchers recommend that standardization bodies, decision makers, and car manufacturers get together to revise and improve existing standards or issue new ones in tune with our times.

The research was presented last month at the DIMVA conference in Bonn, Germany. The technical paper detailing the flaw in depth is available here and here. A YouTube video recorded by Trend Micro researcher Federico Maggi is available below.
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Postby elfismiles » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:44 am

Terrorists Could Use Teslas to Kill Us
A cyber-security war is coming for driverless cars. Here's what it will take to win.
5:00 AM, JAN 17, 2018 | By ZACH AYSAN ... e/2011171#!
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Postby elfismiles » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:13 pm



Climax of first season of Téa Leoni's tv series in which she plays the Secretary of State ...

... features a tiny line in which a rogue CIA agent admits to adjusting the speed controls on another agent's car to stage a car crash.

Madam Secretary, Season 1 , Episode 22
"There But For the Grace of God"
Original Airdate: May 3, 2015
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Postby Wombaticus Rex » Sat May 09, 2020 9:38 pm

Eleven Days. In light of all that's come to light since, makes you wonder who was really playing games here.

Via: ... -americans

Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans

Besides Sens. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, most Democrats abandoned their civil liberty positions during the age of Obama. With a new leak investigation looming, the Democrat leadership are now being forced to confront all the secrets they've tried to hide.

Michael Hastings
Posted on June 7, 2013, at 12:10 p.m. ET

For most bigwig Democrats in Washington, D.C., the last 48 hours has delivered news of the worst kind — a flood of new information that has washed away any lingering doubts about where President Obama and his party stand on civil liberties, full stop.

Glenn Greenwald's exposure of the NSA's massive domestic spy program has revealed the entire caste of current Democratic leaders as a gang of civil liberty opportunists, whose true passion, it seems, was in trolling George W. Bush for eight years on matters of national security.

"Everyone should just calm down," Senator Harry Reid said yesterday, inhaling slowly.

That's right: don't panic.

The very topic of Democratic two-facedness on civil liberties is one of the most important issues that Greenwald has covered. Many of those Dems — including the sitting President Barack Obama, Senator Carl Levin, and Secretary of State John Kerry — have now become the stewards and enhancers of programs that appear to dwarf any of the spying scandals that broke during the Bush years, the very same scandals they used as wedge issues to win elections in the Congressional elections 2006 and the presidential primary of 2007-2008.

Recall what Senator Levin told CNN in 2005, demanding to "urgently hold an inquiry" into what was supposedly President Bush's domestic wiretap program.

Levin continued, at length: "It means that there's some growing concern on Capitol Hill about a program which seems to be so totally unauthorized and unexplained... The president wraps himself in the law, saying that it is totally legal, but he doesn't give what the legal basis is for this. He avoided using the law, which we provided to the president, where even when there is an emergency and there's a need for urgent action can first tap the wire and then go to a court."

There are two notable exception to this rule are Sen. Ron Wyden, from Oregon, and Sen. Mark Udall from Colorado, who had seemed to be fighting a largely lonely, frustrating battle against Obama's national security state.

As Mark Udall told the Denver Post yesterday: "[I] did everything short of leaking classified information" to stop it.

His ally in Oregon, Ron Wyden, was one of the first to seize on the Guardian's news break: "I will tell you from a policy standpoint, when a law-abiding citizen makes a call, they expect that who they call, when they call and where they call from will be kept private," Wyden said to Politico, noting "there's going to be a big debate about this." The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, admitted he'd misled Senator Wyden at a hearing earlier this year, revising his statement yesterday to state that the NSA didn't do "voyeuristic" surveillance.

The state of affairs, in other words, is so grave that two sitting senators went as close as they could to violating their unconstitutional security oaths in order to warn the country of information that otherwise would not have been declassified until April of 2038, according to the Verizon court order obtained by Greenwald.

Now, we're about to see if the Obama administration's version of the national security state will begin to eat itself.

Unsurprisingly, the White House has dug in, calling their North Korea-esque tools "essential" to stop terrorism, and loathe to give up the political edge they've seized for Democrats on national security issues under Obama's leadership. The AP spying scandal — which the administration attempted to downplay at the time, even appointing Eric Holder to lead his own investigation into himself —was one of the unexpected consequences of one of two leak investigations that Obama ordered during the 2012 campaign.

It's unclear where a possible third leak investigation would lead. However, judging by the DOJ's and FBI's recent history, it would seem that any new leak case would involve obtaining the phone records of reporters at the Guardian, the Washington Post, employees at various agencies who would have had access to the leaked material, as well as politicians and staffers in Congress--records, we now can safely posit, they already have unchecked and full access to.

In short: any so-called credible DOJ/FBI leak investigation, by its very nature, would have to involve the Obama administration invasively using the very surveillance and data techniques it is attempting to hide in order to snoop on a few Democratic Senators and more media outlets, including one based overseas.

Outside of Washington, D.C., the frustration that Wyden and Udall have felt has been exponentially magnified. Transparency supporters, whistleblowers, and investigative reporters, especially those writers who have aggressively pursued the connections between the corporate defense industry and federal and local authorities involved in domestic surveillance, have been viciously attacked by the Obama administration and its allies in the FBI and DOJ.

Jacob Appplebaum, a transparency activist and computer savant, has been repeatedly harassed at American borders, having his laptop seized. Barrett Brown, another investigative journalist who has written for Vanity Fair, among others publications, exposed the connections between the private contracting firm HB Gary (a government contracting firm that, incidentally, proposed a plan to spy on and ruin the reputation of the Guardian's Greenwald) and who is currently sitting in a Texas prison on trumped up FBI charges regarding his legitimate reportorial inquiry into the political collective known sometimes as Anonymous.

That's not to mention former NSA official Thomas Drake (the Feds tried to destroys his life because he blew the whistle ); Fox News reporter James Rosen (named a "co-conspirator" by Holder's DOJ); John Kirakou, formerly in the CIA, who raised concerns about the agency's torture program, is also in prison for leaking "harmful" (read: embarrassing) classified info; and of course Wikileaks (under U.S. financial embargo); WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (locked up in Ecuador's London embassy); and, of course, Bradley Manning, the young, idealistic soldier who provided the public with perhaps the most critical trove of government documents ever released.

The attitude the Obama administration has toward Manning is revealing. What do they think of him? "Fuck Bradley Manning," as one White House official put it to me last year during the campaign.

Screw Manning? Lol, screw us.

Perhaps more information will soon be forthcoming.
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