"An article on Business Insider reveals several ways in which this can be achieved. These include electromagnetic radiation spying, power consumption analysis, using a smartphone’s accelerometer as a Key Logger, radio waves that intercept the most secure of networks, using the heat generated by your computer, and accessing data through steel walls."
Small Business Insider March 23,2017
One can find articles going back as far as 2014 that discuss ways that hacking can be done without an internet conection. Now what is currently publicly known is that the distance from the computer must be relatively short, but what isn't publicly available is whether or not various governments, including our own, have found a way to increase the range of such activities.
I'm not suggesting that any such thing occured in this case. But when it comes to advances in cyberwarfare we should not rule anything out. We need to prepare for the possibilty that one day such attacks could be feasible.
: I'm with Kevin on this one. Hacking in such
: a way to such systems would require either
: physical presence or any kind of plug&play
: media that is connected to the ship's
: systems by somebody onboard. I trust the USN
: does not allow the necessary admin rights to
: the avarage operators to even allow
: connecting anything to the system without
: real high level admin access - ie. it must
: be a closed system. I'm not even sure the
: essential fighting&comms&navigational core
: machines are running Windows et all, most
: probably those are mainframe systems with
: their own closed operating systems. This
: also means that hacking them requires
: special skills and knowledge of said OS,
: which is usually limited to people who
: programmed it up in the first place, so
: would be very easy to track down.
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