Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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  1. Gargoyle
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    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.

    Teso's attack code, dubbed SIMON, along with an Android app called PlaneSploit, can take full control of flight systems and the pilot's displays. The hacked aircraft could even be controlled using a smartphone's accelerometer to vary its course and speed by moving the handset about.

    "You can use this system to modify approximately everything related to the navigation of the plane," Teso told Forbes. "That includes a lot of nasty things."

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/11/hacking_aircraft_with_android_handset/

    (please, nobody tell the TSA about this, their knee-jerk reaction will be disastrous)
     
  2. sobore
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    I have the app. Last week ORD-LAX became ORD-SFO as I had a change of heart mid flight. :p
     
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    Is this for real?
    If so, :eek:
     
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    You just did that to get credit for the extra 100 miles on the ORD-SFO route.
     
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    From the story is a link to download a pdf of his powerpoint presentation, looks pretty real.
     
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    Well we are 10 days past April fools day. It does seem pretty darn strange to be true.
     
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    Teso has fabricated and is in possession of a Dobsen-type Override Device. Time to get Jack Bauer:D
     
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    He had to call the app SIMON. This is taking the game of "Simon Says" way too far. :eek:
     
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    Agreed and if in fact for real, it also gives a whole new meaning to "please turn off all electronic devices"
     
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    I'm sure they already keep up on FT & MP.
     
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    Better they jerk their knees as opposed to what they're jerking now ;)
     
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    No, he did it because under the new rules, DL won't let him SDC to a different routing with an additional connection for more miles. He's a gamer rather than a ham sandwich.
     
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    So in other words (and for the actual first time), there might be actually be a real reason for us to be directed to turn off our smart phones and wi-fi before takeoff ;) Airplane mode indeed! :eek::D
     
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    I'm afraid the morons at TSA are going to say this is an android only thing when in fact it is any computer. Iphone, iphad, laptop, android, what have you.
     
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    Don't worry, Apple will sue anyone who says they cannot do it (and did not do it first) ;)
     
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    Let this story sink in for a moment the next time you see a TSA screener confiscate a bottle of water.
     
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    What I find particularly interesting is the part where the FAA has basically said it is all bollox because he was using trainer hardware rather than real in-flight gear. Hard to know if that's actually true or not.
     

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