Skip to comments.Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone
Posted on 04/11/2013 10:05:22 AM PDT by Olog-hai
A presentation at the Hack In The Box security summit in Amsterdam has demonstrated that its possible to take control of aircraft flight systems and communications using an Android smartphone and some specialized attack code.
Hugo Teso, a security researcher at N.Runs and a commercial airline pilot, spent three years developing the code, buying second-hand commercial flight system software and hardware online and finding vulnerabilities within it. His presentation will cause a few sleepless nights among those with an interest in aircraft security.
Tesos attack code, dubbed SIMON, along with an Android app called PlaneSploit, can take full control of flight systems and the pilots displays. The hacked aircraft could even be controlled using a smartphones accelerometer to vary its course and speed by moving the handset about.
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Read it all the way through to find out that the pilot can override things at any time. I didn’t think that flight controls were so easily overridden - since I do have quite a bit of flight test time.
This article is written to the technical ability of the typical journalist - which is to say - virtually no technical ability at all.
I think any of us can think of basic questions to ask to understand how a terrorist could pull this off. What I find interesting though is to read the comments at the site. This guy is a hacker pilot with three years invested in this and all these “experts” are convinced he is full of crap and they know more than he does. The internet sure has transformed a lot of ordinary people into aviation and security experts. Quite astonishing really.
I believe he’d need to have physical access to the aircraft network. If they’re suggesting that just having an Android phone on an plane is enough to hack the plane, ...just plain BS.