Plum City – (AbelDanger.net). United States Marine Field McConnell has linked a network of Stratum Zero contract killers, allegedly built by Serco after the 1987 management buyout of the UK subsidiary of the Radio Corporation of America, to a ghostly ship, allegedly injected into the radar system of BC Ferries’ Queen of the North in a conspiracy to confuse the officer in charge of navigation and camouflage a contrived collision with Gil Island on March 22, 2006.
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“Karl Lilgert Trial: Navigator Blames Other Boat, Visibility For BC Ferry Crash
CP | By Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted: 02/19/2013 2:30 pm EST | Updated: 03/04/2013 3:47 pm EST
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VANCOUVER – The officer in charge of navigating the Queen of the North blamed another vessel and poor visibility minutes after the B.C. Ferries ship missed a critical turn and slammed into an island, one of his colleagues testified Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court.
In the hours after being rescued from the sinking ship, Second Officer Keven Hilton wrote notes about what he had just witnessed, including the brief explanation from Fourth Officer Karl Lilgert in the midst of the crisis.
“Karl said he was giving the other boat some room,” Hilton read from his notes at the trial, adding he also included the words “limited visibility.”
But asked by the Crown whether he felt either reason was valid, Hilton told the court there was nothing to indicate there had been another boat in the nearby vicinity or anything more than the usual rain at the time.
Lilgert has pleaded not guilty to two counts of criminal negligence causing the deaths of two passengers who were aboard the ferry and presumed drowned.
Hilton and Lilgert were sharing the same duty on board the ship on March 22, 2006. Hilton had been navigating prior to the accident and had handed off the task to Lilgert.
The Crown argues Lilgert is responsible for the crash into Gil Island that occurred as he was in charge during the overnight voyage from Prince Rupert, B.C., to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.
Hilton, the senior officer of the two, told court he had no concerns when he gave up control and went for a meal break. He said he had been away from the bridge on other occasions during the portion of the course that went awry that night.
“It was a routine turn, usually made on autopilot,” he said. “You’re in no particular hurry to make it, it’s just a very easy turn and a very easy transit.”
Hilton was also asked about whether he had any concerns when Karen Bricker took up her post as the quartermaster, whose role it is to either manually steer the ship or monitor while it was on autopilot.
“I was confident in her doing the job … and I was confident leaving Karl with her,” he said.
Court has heard Bricker and Lilgert were former lovers working together on that shift for the first time since their breakup.
Under cross-examination, Hilton was questioned about a fishing vessel he had noticed during his shift before handing control over to Lilgert.
Hilton said he had pointed it out to the other officer when they traded off duties.
He testified that radar had indicated the other vessel was moving in the same direction as the Queen of the North, only slower, but he reiterated the boat was far enough away that it was not of any concern.
Ninety-nine people were rescued when the ship went down, but the bodies of Gerald Foisy and Shirley Rosette were never found.
The trial is expected to last about six months.”
“Curious hackers inject ghost airplanes into radar, track celebrities’ flights
August 01, 2012 3:48 PM EDT
When Haines first started talking about using apps to find airplanes and track flights, my mind flashed to Tom Clancy who mentioned a smartphone app like Plane Finder being used by terrorists in his novel Against All Enemies. But Haines was talking reality and not fiction about how easy it is for anyone to track planes in near real time with Plane Finder, FlightRadar, FlightAware and RadarVirtuel. Haines talked about the NextGen Air Traffic Control (ATC) and those apps which use Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) which will be mandatory in the United States by 2020 and in Europe by 2030. While you are reading this, consider that ADS-B equipped planes are flying overhead right now.
Planes use GPS to determine and broadcast (1090Mhz — 978Mhz for GA — at 1Hz) their positions. ADS-B is unencrypted and unauthenticated, Haines explained, showing aircraft ID, altitude, latitude / longitude position, bearing and speed. That location information is considered to be so accurate that it allows flights to pass closer to each other. But being unencrypted and lacking some authentication to prevent spoofed communications, a malicious person could injected false data into real communications. There are two types of ADS-B, in and out.
Although Haines covered many, here are some of ADS-B Out threats. It’s vulnerable to eavesdropping so that anyone can “easily capture clear text data of air traffic.” There is potential for data mining ADS-B Out, “we know what’s in the air and when.” Even scarier is the threat for injection such as injecting “ghost flights into ATC systems.” If such a thing were to happen right now over the London Olympics, then it would cause “mass chaos.” Another threat includes jamming the ATC reception of ADS-B. Haines asked what would happen if there was a “coordinated jamming across many travel hubs?”
ADS-B In threats also include injection, such as injecting data into an aircraft’s ADS-B In displays or injecting “scary types of traffic to illicit a response.” A hacker could “introduce conflicting data between ATC and cockpit displays.”
During a demo showing off these threats, Haines injected a clearly fake plane called “Your Mom.” Since autopilot systems utilize ADS-B In data for collision avoidance, what if a hacker were to inject a message into the pilot’s screen display saying another plane, like Your Mom, is 500 yards ahead? He suggested, “Something’s going to happen, probably involving a sphincter.”
Other threats include GPS jamming which could “block the plane’s ability to use GPS.” In fact, Haines pointed out that GPS jammers can be purchased for as little as $20-30 on Dealextreme.com and such jammers could be “easily tucked into baggage on a timer.” There is also GPS spoofing which sends a manipulated signal to generate false latitude and longitude readings. About a month ago, researchers showed off such GPS spoofing to show that malicious hackers could take control of civilian drones and then use thosehijacked drones as missiles to crash into other planes or buildings.
Haines concluded with, “If I can find this stuff, so can the bad guys.” I tip my hat to him as during the flight home from Las Vegas, during a particularly vicious thunderstorm which was bouncing the plane and inducing some other passengers to either scream or pray, as I was watching the lightning outside my window, another plane zipped by ever so closely to the jet I was in. At that time, I wondered if the planes were supposed to pass each other in such close proximity or if someone was playing around with a few of the things Haines explained.”
“A diverse company built on service
Pioneering from the start
Serco began in the 1920s as a UK subsidiary of Radio Corporation of America, providing technical support for the country’s growing cinema industry. Just over 30 years later, we won work that was to shape our future direction. From a maintenance contract for the UK Ballistic Missile Early Warning System at the Royal Air Force base at Fylingdales, we expanded into the operation of its technical facilities. In the 1980s this model was acknowledged as best practice by the UK Ministry of Defence and rolled out for the management of other defence facilities.
Expanding and diversifying
After a management buyout in 1987, we were renamed Serco Limited. In 1988 we listed on the London Stock Exchange which allowed us to grow and diversify. At the same time, Governments across the developed world introduced competition for programs to sustain and improve public services. Private organisations also saw the value of outsourcing support services as a way of freeing up management to focus on core activities. We moved into the civil government, transport, commercial and industrial markets, and established operations in Asia Pacific and North America.
Still leading the way
Since the 1990s, with the success of new and innovative methods of delivering public services, the market has become more complex. The development of new service delivery models has meant Serco is able to leverage our experience, diversity and expertise as a trusted partner of both government and the private sector.”
More to follow.
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