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Kill Switches and Remote Control Jul. 1st, 2008 03:41 pm
It used to be that just the entertainment industries wanted to control your computers -- and televisions and iPods and everything else -- to ensure that you didn't violate any copyright rules. But now everyone else wants to get their hooks into your gear.

OnStar will soon include the ability for the police to shut off your engine remotely. Buses are getting the same capability, in case terrorists want to re-enact the movie Speed. The Pentagon wants a kill switch installed on airplanes, and is worried about potential enemies installing kill switches on their own equipment.


Bruce Scheier, via Simon Willison

From: hairyears
Date: July 1st, 2008 - 04:08 pm (Link)
I won't insult your intelligence by asking if you've spotted the essential flaw; but consider these two points:
  • Either the Pentagon's security 'experts' are so naive and ill-trained in matters of security that they cannot see why installing a kill-switch in any system introduces a dangerous single-point vulnerability to enemy attack;
  • Or they know perfectly well, and have taken the nihilist position that it is better to override all the multiple-redundancy safety fetures of modern civil aviation, and that aircraft and their occupants should fall out of the sky by our command the moment we suspect that they have fallen under the control of our enemies.
Or have I missed something worse?
From: flewellyn
Date: July 1st, 2008 - 05:48 pm (Link)
I almost fear the latter.