Can you hack a plane and take control?

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Can you really hack a plane and gain control or is this just ‘pie in the sky’?

Recent reports regarding Security researcher Chris Roberts, United and the FBI have highlighted possible issues with the vulnerability of airline Inflight Entertainment Systems.

Feds Say That Banned Researcher Commandeered a Plane

A security researcher kicked off a United Airlines flight last month after tweeting about security vulnerabilities in its system had previously taken control of an airplane and caused it to briefly fly sideways, according to an application for a search

Hack A Plane

Previous reports in the press say that Chris was able to alter power and direction of aircraft.

Hacker made a plane fly sideways from his seat

A Colorado computer hacker told the FBI that he briefly made an airliner fly sideways by hacking its computer system, according to a report. Chris Roberts, who runs a cybersecurity consulting firm, told FBI agents in Syracuse in April that he pulled
As yet the aircraft manufactures haven’t been talking about the possible consequences if someone can hack a plane or if they believe their aircraft are open to such threats. In the meantime Chris wont be saying too much at the moment.

At the moment we await any further information but all of this isn’t new. If it is possible to hack a plane and take control through the IFE you would hope that the right people are on the case. In the meantime flying is still one of the safest forms of transport so do enjoy your travels.

 

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