Category Archives: Security

Another Day, Another Tesla Fire Disaster

Firefighters remarked on how much water and time they had to waste, as if they didn’t get the memo from 2013: Tesla engineering is an environmental disaster.

Multiple fire departments were dispatched to a vehicle fire at Mile Marker 137 on Interstate 80 Westbound in Cooper Township just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. 

Multiple departments had to be called because they kept running out of supplies. The reporters try to claim the car was unrecognizable after the fire, even though Tesla fires are always easily recognizable.

More than 12,000 gallons of water (one fire department’s water reserve for an entire month) is now needed to contain any Tesla on the road

They’re the worst ones sucking up the most resources by design.

Do regional taxpayers want their emergency services standing around dumping a months worth of water in two hours because… someone was stupid enough to own a Tesla? I hope not and someone finally works up the courage to stop this company’s fraudulent CEO.

This story should be read like a Chinese cruise missile landed in Pennsylvania.

Chinese artist rendering of the explosive Tesla remotely controlled in America

Who welcomes that?

Tesla is a threat to global security because of its gross mismanagement.

Basically a Tesla either is broken down waiting for repairs — a waste of the owner’s money — or they start driving and end up ablaze in the news for yet another predictable loss of life, not to mention wasting everyone’s time and money. Actually, a Tesla sitting and doing nothing is well known to burst into flames even stored in a dealer’s lot. Such sub-par engineering makes them a uniquely disastrous brand.

If you want a safer world, ban Tesla already. Bernie Madoff couldn’t have produced a worse product and he went to jail.

Simple Economics Explains Why Gov Tech Safer Than Private Sector

People often falsely believe the private sector always delivers better technology than a government.

The public sector instead is capable of delivering dramatically better results, if you measure properly (safety).

First, let’s just set aside the point that terrible public sector technology is truly terrible. Boston is home to Harvard, MIT and… the MTBA.

In case that last acronym isn’t familiar, it’s arguably the worst managed infrastructure in America.

Truly awful. And we can talk about it’s failures all day every day because freedom.

Yet, did you realize, the only possible way to get worse would be if the scam artist known as Elon Musk became its CEO? I mean if Musk ran MTBA he’d be now frantically censoring tweets about it.

One of Musk’s obvious flags is his record on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues at Tesla, which was excluded from the S&P 500 ESG Index, an industry standard on corporate responsibility, in part due to racial discrimination and fatal car crashes.

This kind of proves the point already.

Getting rid of Musk at fraud-riddled Tesla is proving harder even than flushing out corrupt Communist DDR leaders who had pumped up Trabant demand.

As bad as the MTBA gets it isn’t likely to ever be worse than Tesla.

Second, it’s been pointed out many times before that private sector is driven by greed in ways that directly undermine technology quality (safety) oversight.

Computer engineers, unlike structural engineers, never sign any code of ethics and face almost no obstacles from management to build faulty bridges for profit.

Although there’s been a rapid rise of C-level (Chief) information security officers (CISO), almost everyone overlooks how that role for the private sector is mostly a marketing game for cover-ups.

No qualifications, no code of ethics, means again the private sector rewards those who pump margins regardless of quality (safety). Alex Stamos’ tragic record of failures (two attempts at CISO, both disasters) has become the business school canonical example.

Some ask me why not use Uber’s disgraced CISO Sullivan, given his high profile conviction. My reason is simple. Sullivan was chased by his former colleagues to turn the CEO over to regulators.

Instead he took a highly paid fall to let the CEO get away. That’s more like 1900s America classic strategic organized criminal behavior than an emergent class of low integrity coin-operated unqualified “security” officers who are loyal to nobody.

Different levels of market failure.

Can’t lead (CEO), can’t account (CFO), can’t innovate (CTO), can’t persuade (CMO) but you bring an empty resume to take bags of money to spy on people and spread misinformation about breaches while ignoring crimes against humanity… maybe you will show up absent of qualifications and ask to be Facebook’s next millionaire CISO to “oversee” risk.

Third, perhaps most frustrating of all, technology companies attempt monopolist tactics to get margins higher while intentionally failing.

One day many years ago I was hired to hack into a privately run bulk energy company that covered huge swaths of America.

Literally within ten minutes I had root. They were completely insecure. When I presented findings as “power distribution could be disabled, causing human suffering…” they interrupted me and said “outages are profit, we make more to respond to them as sad and tragic as it might sound”.

They then asked if I had anything on their financial systems, the infrastructure and so forth. I told them of course, I had root even faster to AIX core to their trading desk (ironically a backdoor created by their internal financial auditors). I’ve never seen executive action faster as I watched them grab phones and bark security would immediately be enhanced. Safety was very narrowly defined… to their personal and direct benefit.

It was clear they saw failure as a form of profit where they had positioned themselves as the only private vendor, yet also at arms length from the accountability of public officers.

We’re seeing more proof in the news lately with headlines of “Ticketmaster crashes during Taylor Swift ticket presale.”

Of course they crashed. They are juicing profit via outages, not concerned with trust let alone service.

In response we see sage points made like this from people dedicated to delivering public service:

Over my years in the public and private sectors, I’ve had people tell me: If only the government could work like business. Well, the team at @USEdgov and @USDS built a Student Loan Forgiveness portal that processed 8 MILLION applications in the first 30 hours without a crash.

Not only are US government services operating at higher levels of reliability, governments also lately have been delivering innovations faster. Giant private sector companies have become laggards.

Again, I’m saying the best in public sector tends to do better while its worst isn’t as bad. That’s a long view, not to say private sector can’t be better in a straight comparison at some point in time. A balance between private and public is ideal, which begs recognition of the clear benefits of public run infrastructure.

Another way to put it is regulation inherent to representative systems (integrity controls) turns out to deliver safer (more representative) technology than systems easily corrupted to serve interests of only a few.

It should sound logical and obvious, yet people in a giant rush to get what they want often dominate the technology dialogue by shouting down multiuser representation with governance as too slow for their dreams of a self-dealing privately owned organization.

Investigations Confirm Sabotage of Nord Stream Pipeline

Sweden says residue of explosives confirms a Danish report that the Nord Stream Pipeline failure was sabotage.

Denmark last month said a preliminary investigation had shown that the leaks were caused by powerful explosions.

“Analysis that has now been carried out shows traces of explosives on several of the objects that were recovered,” the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement.

Elon Musk Shuts Down Twitter Offices After Demanding Staff Return to Them

Twitter is operating like the Titanic, except its new captain is suicidally pushing to sail faster into every iceberg as he pushes his own crew overboard.

The chaotic flip flopping of a CEO issuing self contradictory orders gives new meaning to “fail whale”.

In the latest dumb twist the company told all its staff to return to the office right before it locked the doors so they couldn’t return.

CEO Elon Musk and others were afraid employees would “sabotage the company” … just over one week after Musk put an end to remote work at Twitter. In his first company-wide email since taking over, Musk told employees they would no longer be allowed to work remotely and needed to return to the office within days. Musk clarified Thursday that employees could still work remote…

Afraid of sabotage? Oh the irony. I can’t emphasize enough how dangerous it is for Musk to normalize anti-safety and attack everyone. His “fears” are in reality toxic to safety.

Hundreds upon hundreds of Twitter employees have technically resigned but still have access to Twitter’s internal systems, with some speculating it is because the employees tasked with managing that access also resigned.

The joke in security circles is that the dumb billionaire has been demanding someone install badge verification readers for an eight dollar bill.

Unforced errors are piling up by a CEO who likes to steer erratically and floor the accelerator without looking where he’s going.

Here’s another critical Musk flip flop to watch. In his bid to buy Twitter he constantly lied about being an anti-regulation extremist who welcomed any speech.

Earlier this month he defended carrying Russian propaganda on his internet system Starlink, saying, “Sorry to be a free speech absolutist.” […] It’s a curious kind of “free speech absolutist” that defends carrying Russian propaganda but tries to silence American newspapers.

After making himself CEO Musk viciously set about censoring Americans and abruptly firing anyone critical of him even in private… while he still criticizes them.

Some reports say Musk has been spending his time hunting down critics just to silence them.

Staff choosing to remain at work were told this week that they should not be speaking at all anymore as they couldn’t be trusted.

After the CEO tweeted strange misinformation about an operational error, anyone caught correcting him even in internal channels was terminated without notice.

Demanding in person meetings at the office were thus said to be little more than screening and loyalty tests to him personally. Musk allegedly wants to personally rid his staff of anyone who would dare to report him for breaking laws.

If nothing else all this exposure about his compete lack of spine and fragility laced with impatient gross incompetence proves the long standing point that Tesla engineering is worthless. It’s just a box of lies based on censorship (a new “cult Trabi“).

Nobody who values human life, including their own, should be driving or riding in the Titanic of the roads known as Tesla.