Government Officer: airplane hacks Roberts did not take place




Researchers from the US government to investigate the claims made by security researcher Chris Roberts, found no evidence that he has actually aircraft systems hacked. That explains an anonymous government official to American media.

Security Researcher Chris Roberts declared early this year versus an FBI agent that he had found vulnerabilities in the in-flight- entertainment of various aircraft. He would put the security of the systems fifteen to twenty times have broken through the seat electronic box, which connect located under the passenger seat, and forcing his laptop with the system. Roberts claimed he subsequently managed to hack the system ife, after which he would be given access to the engines of an aircraft. That way, he claimed to be able to control the aircraft. Roberts also would have to keep track of the data streams in the cockpit.

The FBI Roberts then warned that he risked prosecution if he once tried to enter aircraft systems. Roberts promised then not hack attempts to do more. On April 15 he sent from a United set a tweet in which he referred to the hacking of the ife system. Afterwards saw an FBI agent that the seat electronics box under Roberts’ seat appeared to be tampered with. Then the FBI took his electronics seized initiated an investigation into Roberts’ claims.

Roberts said Friday in front of Wired that he has not taken over control of the aircraft. However, he said networks in the plane being invaded and data flows from having seen the cockpit. According to the hacker, the FBI, the statements that he would have done out of context.

A senior government official said Monday at several US media that the researchers now consider it unlikely that Roberts’ hacks actually took place. “There is no reliable information showing that the flight systems can be manipulated from the ife system,” reported the anonymous public servant to USA Today.

Also Boeing and Airbus say they doubt the claims of Roberts. Opposite Bloomberg declares Boeing that critical systems are isolated from the IFE system; Moreover pilots can override the system from the cockpit. According to a report by the US Government Accounting Office from April, the systems in a plane more often but not physically separated. Instead, the separation takes place via a software firewall. Which can be hacked in theory.


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