Rolling Stone Journalist Michael Hastings
Former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism Richard Clarke has said that there is reason to believe that intelligence agencies for major world powers including the United States have the capability to remotely seize control of a car. The facts surrounding the fatal car crash of journalist Michael Hastings, Clarke indicated, would be “consistent with a car cyber attack.” The Young Turks Cenk Uygur tells the story.
Security Analyst Reveals Remote Killer Capability
By Bruce Schneier
Sep 5, 2013
I don’t know whether Bruce Schneier still believes that all the Parkland Memorial Hospital doctors who examined JFK’s exploded skull in 1963 could not tell an exit wound from an entry wound or whether he still believes that a bunch of nuts hiding in some cave somewhere outwitted the entire United States air defense system in 2001, but when it comes to Internet security this man knows his stuff. Check out his recent article in The Guardian.
By subverting the internet at every level to make it a vast, multi-layered and robust surveillance platform, the NSA has undermined a fundamental social contract. The companies that build and manage our internet infrastructure, the companies that create and sell us our hardware and software, or the companies that host our data: we can no longer trust them to be ethical internet stewards.read entire article
By Joshua Kendall
Sep 2, 2013
We frequently glorify our obsessive innovators, but they clearly have both strengths and weaknesses. The same intensity that can produce stratospheric success also has the potential to destroy them and those around them. As long as these obsessive innovators can find an outlet for their obsessiveness — say, a thriving company where they are given a loose leash by the board — they tend to do well, though underlings may suffer on account of their bluntness. read entire article
By Robert Argento
The visionary evangelical zeal of Steve Jobs lured me from my cozy philosophical pursuits at Barry University in south Florida to the frenetic gyrations of 1980s Silicon Valley. Jobs’ incantations held me spellbound with his revelation of an Information Revolution that would not only democratize the entire world, but would inevitably and infallibly take a bite out of every apple that stood in the way of humanity’s own paradise.
I would later come to dub this techno-omnipotence “Her Highness Technology.” After the Dot Com Dot Bomb of March 2000, however, I came to refer to the whole Valley scene as just “sillyConValley.” Now, let’s fast forward some thirteen years to 2013 and see what’s up…
iPads that take dictation! Location-based services that guide you to the nearest Italian restaurant! And soon, we are promised, human-computer interfaces that respond to your needs even before you speak, tap, or click. With all this going on it would only be natural to expect that the priesthood of the high-tech self-proclaimed digital Mecca of Silicon Valley would surely devise a host of dazzling techno-wizardries to conquer whatever ills are ailing America, all the way from here to eternity. To question the omnipotence of Her Highness Technology or her saving graces would be a matter of read more
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