Posted 5 months ago on May 14, 2021, 1:44 p.m. EST by agkaiser
from Fredericksburg, TX
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I can believe that an automated digital control system can be hacked. I find it harder to believe that such systems can't be manually over-ridden immediately. Unless our business leaders are so stupidly obsessed with reducing the cost of labor by replacement with machines that there are no technicians and/or engineers familiar enough with the systems to step in, in an emergency. Then not only are managers incompetent, the politicians who are responsible for oversight and regulation of critical infrastructure, have been shown to be brain dead as well.
All that is possible and even plausible in America. None the less I want to see proof that the Colonial Pipe Line shutdown wasn't just a hoax to boost the price of gasoline.
If it really is incompetent management and politicians, then "Darkside" has done us a favor by pointing out the flaw in automated production and distribution. Of course, if the computers had communicated with one another on a (much more expensive, I'll admit) private network (Not VPN: COMPLETELY isolated from the internet) instead of using the public internet to save money, there would have been no way for hackers to get to the control systems.
Private, for profit companies, can't afford to do the job right. We can't afford our dependence on fools who put money ahead of people's safety and well being. No that, like dependence on foreign production of critical products and foodstuffs, is much too important to be controlled by the profit blinded imbeciles who own America and are threatening our existence with their stupidity and greed.
Community first and to hell with Wall St.
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