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Exclusive: The U.S. Navy is investigating whether a cyber at

PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:28 am
by bballnut
Exclusive: The U.S. Navy is investigating whether a cyber attack on the USS John McCain’s steering controls may have led to the destroyer’s crash with an oil tanker. Could China or Russia be involved?

he USS John McCain was on a routine voyage to Singapore through the Straits of Malacca on Saturday after conducting a sensitive “freedom of navigation mission” in the South China Sea. The Malacca Strait connects the Pacific and Indian Oceans and is the main thoroughfare for trade between the world’s biggest economies. Nearly 100,000 vessels pass through it each year, accounting for about one-quarter of the world’s traded goods. With so much traffic, it’s not the kind of route one sails without every precaution.

“When you are going through the Strait of Malacca, you can’t tell me that a Navy destroyer doesn’t have a full navigation team going with full lookouts on every wing and extra people on radar,” Jeff Stutzman, chief intelligence officer at Wapack Labs told McClatchy.

As the USS John McCain, entered the strait, the 338-man crew on the bridge faced multiple system failures. First the main steering mechanism failed to respond. Then, the back up system failed. The ship’s rudder was completely unusable.

Still, the experienced crew on board should have been able to guide the ship by altering the speed of the ship’s propellers. Perhaps they were trying that when the unthinkable happened. The 600-ft Liberian flagged oil tanker Alnic MC smashed into the warship’s rear left. The “rear-end collision” is an indicator the US vessel was not at fault. Satellite tracking also shows the Alnic MC unexpectedly veered sharply left at around that time.

Re: Exclusive: The U.S. Navy is investigating whether a cybe

PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:56 pm
by Mike Tomlin
Good post, especially since BIW is taking so much heat. I think it's certainly possible: ... ion-hacks/