On Monday, a report from the South Pacific territory urged that a missile destroyer that belongs to the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, clashed in a vessel, causing serious damage.
In the incident, five sailors were injured while ten people are still missing.
Some speculations suggest the USS John McCain and vessel clash was not a complete accident, but could have been a well-contemplated GPS cyber-attack of one or of the two vessels.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson did not address the speculations in all correctness, emphasizing there was “no indication” that the clash was deliberate.However, he said the Navy will continue to inspect the incident.
As far as the cyber-attack suspicions are concerned, Richardson stated it was “certainly something we are giving full consideration to.”
“We have no indication that that’s the case, yet. We’re looking at every possibility so we’re not leaving anything to chance,” he said.
Richardson noted the entire operation will pause for two days, and noted that when a clash between the USS Fitzgerald and a cargo vessel occurred on June 17 near the coast of Japan, seven sailors died.
“This is obviously an extremely serious incident and is the second such incident in a very short period of time,” Richardson noted. “That gives a great cause for concern that there’s something out there that we’re not getting at.”
Later on, Richardson posted a message, explaining the matter in depth: “2 clarify Re: possibility of cyber intrusion or sabotage, no indications right now … but review will consider all possibilities.”
A briefing held at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore by Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift also debated the possibility of a cyber attack on the very ship.
“I’ve heard of these reports of potential cyberattacks or cyber interference … we’ve seen no indications of that as of yet,” Swift stated. “We are not taking any consideration off the table, and every scenario will be reviewed and investigated.”
In case the cyber-attacks is confirmed as official, the future steps in the matter will become much more crucial for America, since the country will be forced to keep its eyes open of various political enemies, including those never suspected before.
The only thing that could engage America to strike first would be the case of a cyber-attack, which if proven to be true, will certainly open a war.
Having said that, everything could go downhill before we know it. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.