Android can be used to take over/hijack an airplane

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Explicitic, Apr 11, 2013.

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    Well...this is certainly interesting, yet very frightening.

    http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/04/11/android-flight-management-system-exploit/

    It seems that guy was able to build a custom app capable of taking over a plane's navigation systems. It's able to redirect the plane just by a tap of a location on the map. The exploit only works when the plane is in autopilot, but it's still very frightening.
     
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    roxxette

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    the most interesting part is he didnt try to sell it :eek:
     
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    It was a proof of concept to show that there are massive security holes in the airline industry. Hopefully, airline security will listen. Not all hackers are evil.
     
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    roxxette

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    Thats what is impresive, with the ****** economy whe live atm it would have been a great opportunity to make some good money :) hopefully he gets some kind of reward or they use him for future projects.
     
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    I'm surprised that you're able to do this with the autopilot, I can't see a reason why the system would allow it to be controlled remotely. Surely it should just be wired into the plane?
     
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    I didn't know the autopilot systems were that vulnerable :eek:
     
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    It's not really Android that can hack airplanes, it's the app the guy wrote, it was just on Android because it's a nice open platform to develop proof of concepts like this on.

    Anyway, this is scary indeed. I hope this gets fixed soon, the one place you really don't want exploits is ****ing airplanes :eek:
     
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    This has now been dismissed:

     
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    That's quite interesting... Although I doubt it would be any good for terrorists, as the pilot would probably notice pretty quickly that the plane is going off course, so he'd just disengage the autopilot and fly manually.
     

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