FBI: hacker could run through burglary on entertainment plane




According to the US authorities some time ago a hacker gained access to systems with which he could fly the aircraft where he sat. He gave a command to include the plane rose and made a sideways movement.

The FBI has issued a warrant for the electronic equipment of the hacker, a security researcher named Chris Roberts, to carry out searches. The document was found by the Canadian news APTN. It says, among other things to read that Roberts is suspected of illegal access to computer systems.

Specifically involves hacking the in-flight entertaintment system that is built into many planes. Roberts would against the feds have said that on the systems of the Boeing 737-800, 737-900, 757-200 and the Airbus A320 can break. He was on a recent flight have about fifteen to twenty times burglarized and have gained access to other systems. These were, among other things, the systems for controlling the aircraft.

The FBI says that Roberts has confessed that he could fly the aircraft by the hack. He gave the order to rise: because one engine then responded the plane began to make a sideways movement. Besides control of the plane Roberts also managed to keep the data streams from the cockpit. The report of the FBI also show that Roberts was given access to the systems by making physical contact with the so-called Seat Electronic Box, located under the passenger seat. He proved it to connect to it via a Cat6 cable with modified connector with his laptop, after which he managed to penetrate the systems.

Aircraft Boeing 737-900

In a response to Wired let Roberts know that he has not effectively run the airplane. He would “klim’-command only in a virtual environment given: because it was nothing would have happened to a simulation. Furthermore, the hacker that he only studied the data flow, but also has not intervened. The document released by the FBI, he responded by saying that some of his statements were taken out of context.

Roberts took on April 15, a flight from Denver to Syracuse, via Chicago. Once landed in Syracuse, he was greeted by FBI agents, who confiscated his equipment. That happened because he was in a Twitter message said to be able to hack into the systems of the aircraft. He was then interrogated for some time yet, which he thus made the statements about hacking the aircraft systems. However, he no indictment accused. Given the evidence to have the FBI states, it is likely that still going to happen soon.

It is not the first time that Roberts enters the news plane when it comes to security. He gave regular presentations on security and talked to producers about potential exploits. He also spoke in February already with the FBI about security problems in airplanes and the opportunities that hackers to break into.

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