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Apr 11 2013, 4:18am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Android App Could be Used to Hijack Airplanes
 
 

Security consultant demonstrates how to hijack an airplane with an Android App.

Can airplane control systems be hacked? Security consultant Hugo Teso says so. He showed a crowd attending the Hack In The Box Conference in Amsterdam how to hijack an Airplane with an Android App.


The hack developed by Teso compromises two airplane communication systems. Apparently these systems are not well protected and can be used to hijack an airplane. This is pretty scary. The only thing that prevented this from happening so far is that you need to know a lot about airplanes and hacking to come up with this. Hugo Teso is a trained commercial pilot for 12 years and has been in IT for the last eleven years. Let's hope that there are no other hackers with a commercial pilot license out there.

The App developed by Teso only works within a virtual environment to protect real world plans.

More details on Net-Security. Via Techmeme.

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