Week 11: World War 3.o

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So, we’re going to get a little conspiracy theory-y today.

As you may have heard, there was a train crash in NY late last month. Well, what if I told you (redpill.jpeg) that it might have not been an accident?

Some good people out there on the interwebs are theorising that the train crash was a deliberate hack that was predicted, or promised, when this message aired  hours before the incident:

This video seems pretty dodgy, hey? I know, but hey, it’s still spooky, especially the message,

Would you. Could You. On a train?

The American Federal Emergency Management Agency had a test broadcast scheduled to be sent to TV stations around the country which was not to be broadcast, yet this one NY news channel accidentally broadcast it. They acknowledged the fault and said there was no real threat, but this hasn’t stopped the conspiracy theory from spreading.

Now, the last thing. I haven’t seen anyone link these yet, but I’m sure it’s out there somewhere. In early August, a hacker collective claimed to have broken into the NSA and stolen a whole bunch of US cyber weapons that were designed to damage infrastructure, a la stuxnet, and were offering to auction them off to the highest bidder. This article by the Guardian outlines their plans and how samples given by the hackers seemed to be corroborated by data that was leaked by Snowden. Could this be at all related?

The Stuxnet example proves that cyber weapons exist and can inflict real world damage, but I’m not sure I necessarily believe this is the case here. True or not, this is a good demonstration of the possible ability of cyber war or cyber terrorism to disrupt and even kill.

What do you think? Cyber war? Coincidence? 2spooky4me?

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2 thoughts on “Week 11: World War 3.o

  1. Haha at first I was like what is that meme?? Then recognised Thomas the Tank engine.. Brilliant. I’m definitely pro-conspiracy theory. Hacker operations are already so advanced and complex – I wouldn’t doubt the capabilities of someone to hack a train. Interestingly, there’s a very fine line between a cyber-terrorist attack and an act of hacktivism. The lines are a little blurry > https://t.co/x3j07fht6c

  2. Train systems aren’t the only means of transportation that is vulnerable to hacking. It’s happening to cars, it’s happening to trucks, and even PLANES. It was very chilling news. As a frequent traveler myself, I now understood why flight attendants would ask every single passenger to turn ALL of their devices off (including laptops – even if you were only using it to watch TV shows you had previously downloaded). I have always known it to be for security reasons, but I never really questioned why. If you’re interested about the plane that got hacked, here is the link: https://www.wired.com/2015/05/possible-passengers-hack-commercial-aircraft/

    The advancement of today’s digital world is astounding – there is an overabundance of things the internet has enabled us to do. With hacktivism at its peak, there is only so much we can do to protect ourselves.

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