Apparently a guy who claimed being able to hack a plane through its entertainment system was pulled off from that United flight. The FBI confirmed he told them he went further on this plane hack and could be able to change the course of the plane by controlling one of its engines. It appears these vulnerabilities have been present for years, but there’s constant denial from manufacturers.
Find myself on a 737/800, lets see Box-IFE-ICE-SATCOM, ? Shall we start playing with EICAS messages? "PASS OXYGEN ON" Anyone ? 🙂
— Chris Roberts (@Sidragon1) April 15, 2015
Irony: for FBI to make its case against Chris Roberts, they're going to have to seriously harm confidence in the aviation industry.
— Matthew Green (@matthew_d_green) May 16, 2015
If you tell FBI agents you can control an airplane's engines with your laptop, you're gonna have a bad time. http://t.co/73qWvaxTvU
— Christopher Soghoian (@csoghoian) May 16, 2015
On checking investigators found out the seat in which Robert sat had been tampered with during his flight from Denver to Chicago on April 15th via United flight 1474. From beneath the seat to the electronic system. He refuted the claims saying he did nothing but just hacked to check the air traffic and had only attempted via simulation.[Image credit: Aero Icarus / Flickr]