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    FBI: Hacker claimed to have taken over flight's engine controls

    'A cybersecurity consultant told the FBI he hacked into computer systems aboard airliners up to 20 times and managed to control an aircraft engine during a flight, according to federal court documents.

    Chris Roberts was detained by the FBI in April following a United Airlines flight to Syracuse, New York, after officials saw Twitter posts he made discussing hacking into the plane he was traveling on.

    An FBI search warrant application filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York describes the investigation of Roberts for possible computer crimes.

    During FBI interviews in February and March, the document says, Roberts told investigators he hacked into in-flight entertainment systems aboard aircraft. He claimed to have done so 15 to 20 times from 2011 to 2014.'



    FBI: Hacker Chris Roberts claimed to hack into flights - CNN.com


    Is this the next thing for terrorists?
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    Re: FBI: Hacker claimed to have taken over flight's engine controls

    He somehow educated the terrorists.

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    Re: FBI: Hacker claimed to have taken over flight's engine controls

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    He somehow educated the terrorists.
    ... I think what he did is spooked the uneducated.

    He is FoS. You can not get at the flight controls via the entertainment system. You can, however, entertain news people and by extension, posters on DP.

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    Re: FBI: Hacker claimed to have taken over flight's engine controls

    Not sure I buy this one.
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    Re: FBI: Hacker claimed to have taken over flight's engine controls

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    Not sure I buy this one.

    It would be nice to have the input of an experienced, professional airline pilot. I believe that some of the 9/11 Pilots for Truth testified that some airliners can be guided by Remote Control.

    I hope we hear the truth if & when it comes out


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    Re: FBI: Hacker claimed to have taken over flight's engine controls

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    'A cybersecurity consultant told the FBI he hacked into computer systems aboard airliners up to 20 times and managed to control an aircraft engine during a flight, according to federal court documents.

    Chris Roberts was detained by the FBI in April following a United Airlines flight to Syracuse, New York, after officials saw Twitter posts he made discussing hacking into the plane he was traveling on.

    An FBI search warrant application filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York describes the investigation of Roberts for possible computer crimes.

    During FBI interviews in February and March, the document says, Roberts told investigators he hacked into in-flight entertainment systems aboard aircraft. He claimed to have done so 15 to 20 times from 2011 to 2014.'



    FBI: Hacker Chris Roberts claimed to hack into flights - CNN.com


    Is this the next thing for terrorists?
    Abdul the sand flea from some random cave in Afghanistan probably doesn't even know how to hack into an RC car (which requires you copying and overpowering the original signal from the remote control) let alone the flight systems of an air plane.
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    Re: FBI: Hacker claimed to have taken over flight's engine controls

    Consumer Reports in the latest issue just did a full review of connected appliances - from TV's, coffee makers, thermostats, door locks, baby monitors, personal training watches, wifi-enabled cars, etc. It's scary on multiple levels - first that what you do with these devices (the actual information it collects whether you know it collects it or not) is not yours to control but the company (be it 3rd party or not) that collects, collates and data mines it for marketing, or sells it to the highest bidder. When your home, what your habits are, what you watch, when you watch it. Over a relatively short period of time they know your schedule, who's home, what you do, where you go... all of it. Lastly, that information may or may not be secure and could be hacked and sold to other countries, to criminals, to political groups... anything or anyone with the money. Is it convenient that the wifi car can contact your thermostat on the way home and tell it to raise the temperature from 62 degrees to 70 degrees? Sure. Is it convenient that your can control your crock pot temperature from work? Look in on the baby through a wifi enabled baby monitor? How about unlock the front door for the kids because their phone battery died or lost the key?

    Is it possible to hack cars? Sure. Airplaines? Sure. If there's a way to get to the computer either directly or indirectly, which is in some way connected to systems which control environmental or operations of the vehicle there's a way to hack it. If not control it, just to shut it off or turn it on. Imagine the jet engines at 38,000 feet just shut off and nothing the pilot can do to turn them back on.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: FBI: Hacker claimed to have taken over flight's engine controls

    Not buying it. Why in the world would engineers link the entertainment system to the flight controls? It makes zero sense. I'm not saying it is impossible it happened, just highly improbable.

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    Re: FBI: Hacker claimed to have taken over flight's engine controls

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    'A cybersecurity consultant told the FBI he hacked into computer systems aboard airliners up to 20 times and managed to control an aircraft engine during a flight, according to federal court documents.

    Chris Roberts was detained by the FBI in April following a United Airlines flight to Syracuse, New York, after officials saw Twitter posts he made discussing hacking into the plane he was traveling on.

    An FBI search warrant application filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York describes the investigation of Roberts for possible computer crimes.

    During FBI interviews in February and March, the document says, Roberts told investigators he hacked into in-flight entertainment systems aboard aircraft. He claimed to have done so 15 to 20 times from 2011 to 2014.'



    FBI: Hacker Chris Roberts claimed to hack into flights - CNN.com


    Is this the next thing for terrorists?
    I think that if electronics can be accessed onboard electronically, (for lack of a better description) then they can be hacked. Your car...your home computer...American Flight Whatever. Just makes sense to me.


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    Re: FBI: Hacker claimed to have taken over flight's engine controls

    I doubt there is a link between the engines and the entertainment system.

    Engines are hardwired on a closed loop. Why would we make WiFi jet engines on planes with cockpits?
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