BW – So it looks like someone could hack a jetliner. With an Android smartphone. Awesome. At the Hack In The Box conference in Amsterdam, security consultant Hugo Teso demonstrated PlaneSploit, an app he developed that can take control of certain systems aboard an airplane and cause it to change direction or just crash itself into the ground. Hugo’s no terrorist, mind you. He developed the app to point out the glaring, frightening, insane security holes in most planes’ onboard flight systems. His demonstration was done in a simulated environment, but the methods and effects, he says, are exactly the same as what could happen with a real plane. “The complete attack will be accomplished remotely, without needing physical access to the target aircraft at any time,” wrote Teso in his presentation abstract for the conference. The hack exploits the plane’s autopilot, transferring control to the hacker, who (in theory) could command the plane from an app running on Android. Teso says he has been in contact with several members of the airline/aircraft industry and that they are working on addressing these deficiencies. One should hope so.
Told y’all Android beats iPhone. This time last week every drug dealer worth his weight in vacuum-sealed bags was bragging about how the DEA can’t track iMessage texts and why it was just one more reason iPhones are the best and all that. Now what, Apple suckers? I can steal an Obama drone and fire rockets at the Kardashian home with my Galaxy SIII if I wanted to. What can you do? Sell $60 worth of pills without getting arrested? Congrats.
Access to my battery/storage card, a bigger screen, AND the ability to launch large-scale devastating airplane terrorist attacks from my toilet? Suck it, Ghost of Steve Jobs.
PS – Actually this story is terrifying.