Boeing's new Dreamliner hackable?

Boeing's new Dreamliner hackable?

Summary: Ever fancied flying a jet?The US Federal Aviation Association has warned that Boeing's 787 Dreamliner may have a security flaw that could allow passengers to hack into the aircraft's control systems, Wired.

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Ever fancied flying a jet?

The US Federal Aviation Association has warned that Boeing's 787 Dreamliner may have a security flaw that could allow passengers to hack into the aircraft's control systems, Wired.com reports.

Apparently the passenger in-flight internet access system is connected to the plane's control, navigation and communication systems, the FAA warns. Oops!

Security expert Bruce Schneier says that if this is correct, the two systems might not play nicely together, and fall over. Imagine that at 35,000 feet. It's not just the computers that would crash. Obviously there would also be a chance of terrorists hacking the systems, too.

However, Schneier says in his blog that there is not enough information to make a definitive judgement about the possibility of systems incompatibility, or a successful hack, just yet.

Topic: Security

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