Your plane can be hacked in midflight. A mystery revealed
One security researcher has posted his analysis regarding in-flight happenings. He says that “Within the plane, whatever the equipments are used to gain access to satellite communication networks are freely available. These are not restricted only to the plane staff rather these are accessibly opened like the sea and the sky.”
Then why does not the plane hack? Thus, there left no reason to claim the reason for hacking in midflight. But what actually the case is? Let’s have an extensive view of the real gadget that happened.
1 A Confession of Security Researcher
A security researcher, Chris Roberts, confessed that the hacking is possible in midflight through aircraft computer systems engraved within the plane. Even there came a point where he narrated that the plane started to move sideways as a consequence of being hacked though entertainment system.
During investigation, still there exists a doubt regarding whether it can be happened in the closed plane while flying or not. However, some experts have presented their findings that now planes are more exposed to internet during plane drives. Thus, the cyber threats must be apprehended earnest to overcome.
When Chris Roberts arrives at New York Airport, he was grabbed by the question of his experience of plane hacking in the mid flight. To serve the problem, Robert visited FBI to have discussion on in-flight entertainment systems. According to the document, Robert made use of cable to have laptop connected with the electronic box resided under the passenger seats. By hacking command on plane control system, he posted that he felt the lateral movements of aeroplane while it was flying.
2 What Government Report says?
U.S. Accountability Office issued a report documenting that aircrafts are interlinked with the internet, thus ushering the possibilities to have command on unauthorized retrieval to avionics systems.
Further research from a computer science Professor named Steven Bellovin of Columbia University has disclosed that the passengers have a choice to alter their in-seat video monitors with a map and a television that shows the current locations and time of the flight. This access generates an extensive connection between the passenger entertainment network and flight control system. Further, the reality revealed that the Wi-Fi facility used by the in-flight passengers is observed to use the similar data link for their operations as those of pilots. The difference is, passengers use the link for internet access while pilots use it for airline communication purposes. This can spurt out to be the reason of hacking.
Here the question derives; if both are using the same links then what makes the difference between passenger network and pilot network systems? The professor has narrated that the link usage process is different. But it cannot be said here whether it is secured or not.
3 Review by Experts
Did Robert detection prove out to be a real one? Many expert spokespersons presented their views on Robert’s findings.
One Spokesman of airlines presented his detail to the Associated Press that he is confident in respect of the flight control system used in the airplanes. He corrected that the flight control systems can never be easily accessed like the way Roberts is describing.
Likewise, one Boeing Spokesperson stated that the flight navigation systems are entirely separated from those of passenger entertainment gadgets.
Alder, a spokesperson, said that pilots are operating the plane with over one navigation system. Moreover, any flight plans and schedules that upload into the system are approved by the pilot for sure. Nothing is exposed without having reviewed by the pilot.
4 If Spokespersons are averse to Robert, then what is the Gist of being hacked?
A director of IT security, Tim Erlin, exhibited his view that might be some airplanes encompass interconnected aircraft systems while others not. Through email, Erlin explained his analysis on planes. He wrote that different aircrafts having diverse services are available that varies in rendering technology level.
Irrespective of such studies, Robert told that he observe hacking on 15-20 occasions when he was in flight in 2011-2014. At one instance, Roberts himself accessed the navigation system. Consequently, the craft began to move sideways in the midflight.
Although many experts are against the conversation of Roberts, even then Robert is not ready to become agreed on expert’s reviews. Further, Roberts tweeted that the motivation behind exposing such facts is to render his own effort and services to make the security of aircraft more protectable and safer.