Tag: Hacking

Hack The Vote

There is a component to the ongoing story of Russian involvement in the 2016 election that seems to have gone missing from public discourse. The RNC was hacked too. Information from DNC hacks were released – embarrassing information that questioned the legitimacy of Clinton’s primary victory and that substantiated the worst view people have of her (and politicians in general). What was released from the RNC hack? Zilch.

One possibility is that the RNC hack yielded nothing embarrassing or subversive to release. But do you really think the RNC wasn’t trying to undermine Trump the same way the DNC undermined Sanders? Do you really think the entirety of the RNC is completely upfront about every facet of political discourse?

Immediately after the election, Russians were said to have a kompromat dossier on Trump. Whatever was gathered from the RNC hack is good insurance should Russia’s choice of American leaders backfire on them in some way. Personally damaging information on Trump and RNC information that compromises the integrity of the party.

Missing The Point

A security researcher used a modified cat6 cable and default creds on airline seat electronic boxes to compromise flight control systems on an aircraft. That’s really bad, and the FBI is investigating the crime. But why is it that no one seems to care that (1) SEB’s ride on the same network as flight control systems, (2) there’s a default password no one has bothered to change, and (3) no one on the aircraft was in any way bothered by some dude digging around under the seat and messing with cables?

Seriously – in the system design meetings for a million dollar aircraft, someone thought it would be a good idea to save, what, a grand by having a single open network for all electronic components on the aircraft?!

And I sincerely hope the WiFi networks they’re starting to put on the aircraft are on an isolated network that has nothing to do with any of the flight control equipment. It’s one thing to notice a guy plugging into some box under his seat … a guy using his computer mid-flight, nothing to see there.