Among many significant things revealed in the ‘Year Zero’ drop of WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 is the CIA’s ability to apparently hack vehicles and conduct “undetectable assassinations.”

The related portion of WikiLeaks’ official press release on the leak reads:

As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.

This has prompted several social media users to speculate on the nature of various prominent vehicular deaths — especially that of Michael Hastings.

Hastings was an investigative journalist known for covering several controversial stories. He died in a car accident in 2013, after which his wife revealed that he was working on a profile of CIA Director John Brennan.

Eerily, the morning of Hastings’ death, he reportedly asked his neighbor if he could borrow hers, fearing his had been tampered with. She declined. His car burst into flames hours later after ramming into a tree at 100 mph.

Sources:
WikiLeaks
LA Weekly

  • HT

    Bet they can’t hack my 81 Bronco. Assuming I can ever get running again.

    • Sludgewarehouse

      Maybe a little hack will have it up and running like new for you?

    • David Flanders (DynamiteDavePE

      You can hack anything. Just the other day I hacked some pieces of wood.

    • richardwicks

      They don’t have to, all they need to do is use another car to kill you.

      Funny, I’ve been trying to warn people about this for nearly 15 years. Nice to finally have vindication.

  • RC

    Let them try to hack my 41 Chevy…..and it does run…..completely stock! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b998bba2ac2c82cd5c26f653f79a62c76ad8de066f914a13e47d543b81ccdb63.jpg

    • Iveski G Incognitius

      Dude, that is a beautiful ride.

      • RC

        Thank you sir, I do enjoy it. It is still a 6 volt system even!

  • Teresa Gilbert

    I remember the “accident” very well. It was a major news story here in LA and I heard “theories” but the story just disappeared. Same thing happened when Andrew Breitbart was killed. There was a LOT of questions and a few people also told of seeing someone flee when he was discovered. I stayed curious, to learn more but that story dried up overnight as well.

  • ShadowSandy

    I remember the witness only spoke spanish. The translation offered by the news was shortened significantly and the whole translation spoke of a car exploding without/before impact. A local radio personality in southern california offered a “word for word” translation. Forgive my inability to recall the source, its been a couple years. ????

  • 68niou1

    I can always tell when they hack my phone cause the battery life goes to pot.

  • D Lll

    If I owned an auto shop I’d offer to bypass the power to the alternator/battery and put a switch near the driver. If anything funky ever starts happening you can just kill the power and pray. Better then accelerating to 100 and then hanging a sharp right into a tree

    • Denileriverafter

      I would bet any mechanic found doing that would conveniently crash also!! OR, at the very least, would be audited by the IRS.

      • D Lll

        unfortunately you are probably correct in your assumption.

        There are youtube videos on how to disable your cars GPS that is used to track you (in addition to license plate and ez pass readers spread out all over the country.)

  • Jason Henry

    I’m sticking with my 1968 Camaro, I can barely control it from behind the wheel no way can the CIA do any better!

    • kamenetz

      Beat me to it… yeah my 1970 GTO is un-hackable, except maybe for the iPhone I have on, but NOT the car.

  • Russell

    Can’t hack a manual transmission (one with an actual clutch and gear shifter) remotely. Just force it into neutral and you’ll coast to a stop.

    • Les Cuebas

      they would disable your brakes and steering once you are at a high speed.

      • Frank and beans

        ha ha.

  • reversalmushroom

    The US intelligence community is evil.

  • Frank and beans

    Utter bullshit. This is some retarded tin foil hot shit.