What Caused the USS John S. McCain Collision?
With the collision of the USS John S. McCain naval ship into an oil tanker near Singapore, questions arose regarding what caused the incident. Initial reports were a steering failure; however, additional factors were later released. Reports began to surface of a potential cyber attack, which led to the steering failure. Although, after further investigation Navy officials stated there is no evidence a cyber attack led to the USS McCain’s system failures.
With this being the second ship in the 7th Fleet to experience a collision in the last three months, suspicious arise something more is going on. The USS Fitzgerald was struck in the waters of Japan on June 17, 2017. The cause, as a sailor reported was,
“…somebody wasn’t paying attention.”
Cyber security experts believe this is more than human error. Itay Glick, the founder of a cyber security firm called Votiro, stated,
“Both USS McCain and USS Fitzgerald were part of the 7th Fleet, there is a relationship between these two events and there may be a connection.”
Jeff Stutzman, an ex-information warfare specialist in the Navy who now works at a cyber threat intelligence company stated,
“When you are going through the Strait of Malacca, you can’t tell me that a Navy destroyer doesn’t have a full navigation team going with full lookouts on every wing and extra people on radar. There’s something more than just human error going on.”
The leading officials on the USS McCain, as well as the USS Fitzgerald, have been relieved of their duties.
PC Matic would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. It is our sincerest hope, some answers are found soon.