A new report indicates that the U.S. Navy is investigating hacking as a possible cause of the collision between the destroyer USS John McCain and a Liberian tanker vessel, according to the New York Post.
However, given a spate of recent incidents involving Navy ships, with four major incidents this year, the truth is, the military has no choice but to take action: An investigation has been launched into any possible sabotage of the Navy’s ships.
“That’s certainly something we are giving full consideration to but we have no indication that that’s the case — yet,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said at a Pentagon press briefing Monday, according to the Washington Free Beacon. “But, we’re looking at every possibility, so we’re not leaving anything to chance.”
“We’ll take a look at all of that, as we did with the Fitzgerald,” Richardson added, referencing the June collision of the USS Fitzgerald with a container ship off of the Japanese coast. That accident claimed the lives of seven sailors; 10 remain missing from Monday’s collision, although the military has said that “some remains” of the missing sailors have been found.
Richardson added via Twitter that there were “no indications” of “cyber intrusion or hacking,” but that the Navy would review “all possibilities.”
While the Navy was saying publicly that there was “no role” played by hacking, experts weren’t so sure.
“There’s something more than just human error going on because there would have been a lot of humans to be checks and balances,” Jeff Stutzman, the chief intelligence officer at Wapack Labs, told McClatchy.
“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.”
If Stutzman is right, the collision of the McCain could be a serious flashpoint. If a review finds out that our ships are not only vulnerable to hacking but have been hacked by a state or terrorist actor, it would be tantamount to an act of war.
And if that turns out to be the truth, the action the military is taking so far is only the beginning.
H/T The Daily Caller
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