Only ‘A Matter of Time’ Before Commercial Flights Begin Getting Hacked – DHS

Motherboard obtained documents from DHS through a Freedom of Information Act request that give some insights to the DHS operation. The documents detail DHS’ efforts since 2016 to try to solve the problem of the cybersecurity vulnerabilities on airplanes and the work of the multi-agency team established to find and eliminate weaknesses.

Slide from Department of Homeland Security documents on aviation cyber security says it's only a matter of time before a commercial airliner gets hacked.

It’s a pressing issue, as there are about 23,911 commercial flights transporting some 2.3 million passengers each day in the United States. Beyond the obvious national security threat, there’s an economic one: civil aviation accounts for 5.1 percent of the United States’ gross domestic product.

According to DHS, mitigating a hacking attack against an object that moves can be a lot more challenging than thwarting one against computers that remain stationary.

Slide from Department of Homeland Security documents on aviation cyber security givens an overview of ways that commercial airliners could be hacked.

But it can be done.

After DHS created the unit in 2016, its team of government, aviation industry and academic researchers demonstrated that commercial aircraft can be hacked remotely. Many of the details of the 2016 hack are classified, but it is known that the hacked plane’s software was penetrated through radio frequencies and a piece of hardware that can get by the watchful eyes of airport security, Robert Hickey, aviation program manager at DHS’ Science & Technology Directorate told Motherboard. The team was able to hack the plane two days after getting access to it.

Slide from Department of Homeland Security documents on aviation cyber security provides the rules researchers have to follow while testing hacks against commercial airliners.

Hickey announced the successful hack of a Boeing 757 parked at an airport on November 8 at the 2017 CyberSat Summit.

DHS didn’t stop there, though. One slide among the documents obtained by Motherboard indicates that DHS was able to “establish actionable and unauthorized presence on one or more onboard systems,” but also that it was “unable to penetrate via selected access vector.” It is uncertain what that could mean, but it may be that the hack worked even if it didn’t go exactly as planned.

It’s unknown how many planes DHS has been able to hack, but according to the documents they’re planning to stop trying to penetrate airliners at some point and start developing ways to stymie others from doing so.

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High ambitions: China launches first commercial space rocket

The mission is reportedly aimed at collecting data for the research project OneSpace and is jointly being developed with the state-run Aviation Industry Corporation of China. The Beijing-based startup was launched in 2015 and is frequently likened to Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

“OneSpace’s situation right now is very much like where SpaceX stood in its early years. SpaceX is the first in the US. We’re the first in China,” CEO Shu Chang said in an interview with CNNMoney.

The rocket can place a 100-kilogram load into orbit, according to the official Xinhua news agency. The spacecraft reportedly uses energy-saving technology, which has helped to keep fuel costs down by nearly 30 percent.

OneSpace expects 10 missions for carrier rockets in 2019, according to Shu. “I hope we can become one of the biggest small-satellite launchers in the world,” he said, as quoted by the official China Daily.

The firm is reportedly the result of the Chinese government’s huge initiative to promote the commercial space flight industry, and some private investment. Last year, OneSpace clinched a deal with the state-owned Chongqing Liangjiang Aviation Industry Investment Group to work on a joint research and manufacturing base in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing.

Shu highlighted that the base’s strategic location as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative could give the company a big export market. “We will develop bigger rockets in the future and participate in the global competition,” he told China Daily.

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Austrian commercial court temporarily blocks Uber in Vienna – taxi company

A commercial court in Vienna has issued a temporary injunction to stop ride-hailing service Uber from operating in Vienna, according to a taxi company that had sued Uber. Taxi 40100 said on Wednesday that the court upheld its case that Uber operations violated Viennese regulations on taxis. The case highlights battles that cab operators have waged across Europe against the US-based company they accuse of undermining their business, Reuters said. The group’s lawyer said Uber faced fines of up to €100,000 ($121,790) for any violation of the injunction. Some local authorities and taxi drivers said Uber, which launched in Europe in 2011, did not abide by the same rules on insurance, licensing and safety.

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No Commercial Planes Crashed on 9-11


April 25, 2018

The FBI released the names, addresses, photos, religious beliefs, whereabouts, affiliations, professional connections, flight training schools, nationalities, personal histories, ages, visa status OF ALL the highjackers within DAYS Of 9-11 (Unibomber took 17 years!)…
[Editor’s Note: April 18, 2013. This is a good roundup of empirical facts surrounding the greatest act of treason in the history of the United States. More information became obvious after this paper was posted in 2006 that made it clear that no physical airliners actually flew into either twin towers. Both “planes” were holographic events. It’s not possible for an aluminum framed airplane to slice into a steel and concrete building as if it were a hot knife slicing through butter and not slow down by even one microsecond. The laws of physics don’t work that way. A missile flew into the Pentagon, and not a passenger airliner. Foremost architects of this attack include Israeli political leaders, the Rockefellers, Zionists, the Israeli Mossad, the CIA, traitors within the military, the Pentagon, the Exective branch of the US government, and many other complicit groups, including the Zionist-controlled media, the FBI and NORAD. Their treachery resulted in the murder of at least 3,000 innocent people. The purpose was to create a pretext for attacking Iraq and other Arab countries in the Middle East and to launch the Patriot Act, which in turn created the megalith Gestapo-like Dept. of Homeland Security and other fascist, police state enslavement and control agencies. ALL acts of “terrorism” world wide are staged events orchestrated principally by the Israeli Mossad, the CIA, British Intelligence, and their well paid stooges in the military and intelligence services of other countries…Ken Adachi]

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Alaska Politicians Disobey the Feds and Pass Law to Grow Commercial Hemp


Alaska is one step away from becoming the latest state to fight back against the federal government’s “War on Nature” after a bill to legalize the production of industrial hemp passed the state House and Senate and is now awaiting the governor’s approval.

Residents are hopeful that Gov. Bill Walker will sign Senate Bill 6 into law, which would legalize the regulation and production of industrial hemp, and provide for hemp pilot programs. It would also separate hemp from the definition of “marijuana,” and clarify the fact that adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product.

“An Act relating to the regulation and production of industrial hemp; relating to industrial hemp pilot programs; providing that industrial hemp is not included in the definition of ‘marijuana’; providing that cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of ‘hashish oil’; clarifying that adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product, and providing for an effective date.”

Hemp is the product of a variety of the cannabis plant, and although it is non-psychoactive, it is still treated as a drug in the United States. However, hemp has the potential to be used in more than 25,000 products, including fibers, textiles, paper and construction and insulation materials—which may explain why the federal government seems intent on keeping it from the public.

Alaska Republican Sen. Shelley Hughes told Alaska Public Media that she introduced the bill more than a year ago after she was approached by local farmers who wanted to grow hemp to use for feed and bedding for livestock and to clean up oil spills.

It was time to remove hemp from the marijuana statutes. There’s no psychoactive impact from hemp. If you were to smoke acres and acres and acres of hemp, all you would get would be a sore throat and a cough,” Hughes said.

A businesswoman seeking to grow hemp to supplement livestock feed and to use in natural body balms and salves, Ember Haynes, said she is hopeful for the new legislation because it would allow her to stay local instead of having to outsource the products she needs.

“I just want to use Alaska hemp,” Haynes said. “It’s been frustrating for us, just because our business is entirely made up of products that we wild-craft or grow ourselves. And so the hemp seed oil, that would just change everything for us, to have it completely Alaska-grown and made herbs and plants in our products.”

Alaska Cannabis Exchange Owner Aaron Ralph told KTUU News that he is hopeful he will have the opportunity to legally bring his hemp business in Colorado to Alaska. “Being able to grow hemp with 50,000 different uses for hemp it is a no-brainer that we can utilize what we are growing here in some form or facet to help benefit Alaska and it’s economy,” he said.

As The Free Thought Project reported, the state of Nevada passed a new law in June that authorized the cultivation of industrial hemp for commercial purposes and the production of agricultural hemp seed. The legislation also acknowledged the role of hemp in aiding the state’s flourishing cannabis industry.

The law stated that Nevada will allow “a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products and a medical marijuana dispensary to acquire industrial hemp from a registered grower or handler,” and will also allow “a facility for the production of edible marijuana products or marijuana-infused products to use industrial hemp to manufacture edible marijuana products and marijuana-infused product.”

Cannabis for recreational use became legal in Alaska in 2015, and it is one of several states pushing to legalize further research on the production of industrial hemp. In 2017, at least 15 states—Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, North Dakota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming—passed legislation establishing new licensing requirements and programs for hemp.

While the federal government continues to demonize a natural product that could revolutionize a number of industries, it should be noted that according to the Congressional Research Service, the United States is the “only developed nation that hasn’t developed an industrial hemp crop for economic purposes.” 

In contrast, “farmers in more than 30 countries worldwide grow industrial hemp commercially for fiber, seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products, including food.”

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Data gathered from more than 70,000 vessels shows commercial fishing now covers a greater surface area than agriculture

More than half the world’s oceans are being fished by industrial vessels, new research reveals.

The maps based on feedback from more than 70,000 vessels show commercial fishing covers a greater surface area than agriculture, and will raise fresh questions about the health of oceans and sustainability of trawler fishing.

The data, published in the journal Science, also shows how fishing declines sharply at weekends, and celebrations like Christmas and Chinese new year.

The data also helps to explain the extreme decline in some fish stocks: the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says one-third of commercial fish stocks are being caught at unsustainable levels.

But the clear impact of cultural and political events on fishing also offers hope that humans can restrain overfishing, said the report’s author, David Kroodsma.

“What that means is we have control as humans to decide how we’re fishing the oceans: we’re not destined to overfish, we can control it,” said Kroodsma.

Kroodsma and colleagues gathered 22bn pieces of information from satellite systems installed in the biggest fishing vessels, and some smaller ones, usually operating closer to shore.

From this work from 2014 to 2016 they produced maps of where fishing activity was happening, and where it was the most intense. The blue to yellow colouring showing fishing activity covers most of the world’s oceans.

A Palestinian fisherman brings in the morning catch in Gaza City.

A Palestinian fisherman brings in the morning catch in Gaza City. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Exceptions are the vast Southern Ocean, far from home and suffering extreme cold and dramatic storms; and striking black “holes” in more heavily used seas, which are either lesser-used exclusive economic zones, and “deserts” in the seas where there are too few fish and crustaceans to catch.

Latest estimates have suggested the extent of fishing was even greater, but faced with such intense data and dramatic maps, the team were still stunned by how far the biggest ships roamed.

“It is really surprising to look at the map and see how much fishing there is,” said Kroodsma.

The research was led by Kroodsma, research and development director for US-based charity Global Fishing Watch, part-funded by Google and supported by actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The paper is written with academics from the universities of California, Stanford and Dalhousie in Canada, plus National Geographic and Google.

Among other findings is that five countries account for 85% of commercial fishing measured by hours at sea. Half of that is China; other large-scale operators include Spain, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan – which is smaller than Switzerland, and with a population of just 23 million.

Tough on the causes of fish
Tough on fish

On average, every person on the planet eats 20kg of fish each year, with the FAO’s own estimates suggesting this makes up 6.7% to 17% of protein eaten.

The figure is much higher in some developing countries, however, where people on islands and in coastal areas rely heavily on fish for their energy, up to 70% of protein in some cases.

The fish protein being measured is also caught in inland waters, and aquaculture, the controversial practice of large-scale fish farming, has expanded rapidly in recent years.

The data – which without the satellite systems fitted on fishing vessels would have taken a fisheries’ expert 200 years working full-time to achieve – showed the “human face” of fishing, said Elvira Poloczanska of the research group, the Alfred Wegener Institute of Ecophysiology in Germany.

“High-seas fisheries governance has the potential to reduce the risks from climate change – for example through international co-operation and the closure of high-seas areas to fishing,” she added.

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Commercial Airliner Crashes in Iran, All 66 on Board Killed

ATR-72 plane


A passenger plane has crashed in central Iran during a flight from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj, killing all 66 people on board, authorities said on Sunday.

A spokesman for Iran’s Aseman Airlines spokesman has told state TV that an airplane crash in southern Iran has killed all 66 people who were on board.

Semirom plane crash Iran


Mohammad Taghi Tabatabai spoke to state TV said that the flight carried 60 passengers, including one child, and six crew members.

The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near the remote mountain town of Semirom, some 620 kilometers (390 miles) south of the capital, Tehran, the semi-official Fars news agency said.

Fars said the plane was flying from Tehran to the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometers (485 miles) south of the Iranian capital.

Authorities said the plane was flown by Aseman Airlines, a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran that specializes in flights to remote airfields across the country. It also flies internationally.

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