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US air traffic control computer system vulnerable to terrorist hackersThe US system for guiding airplanes is open to vulnerabilities from outside hackers, the Government Accountability Office said Monday. The weaknesses that threaten the Federal Aviation Administration's ability to ensure the safety of flights include the failure to patch known three-year-old security holes, the transmission and storage of unencrypted passwords, and the continued use of "end-of-life" key servers. (arstechnica.com) More...
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Didn't Bruce Willis run across this 20yrs ago?
how do you hack a tube set?
Everything is vulnerable to outside hackers.
Great, let's publicize this so someone can try it. How did this get released and put in a news article?
My thoughts exactly. They are probably counting on people to leave it alone, just like Kerry thinks he is going to keep Iran from developing and using nukes. There are people out there that will hack the ting now just to say they can and have no care if they run a couple of pax flights together and kill a few folks.
That is the same argument they use to stop sex education in schools. Every seventeen year old Russian or Chinese hacker can get into any computer system they want. The next war will be a cyber war attack on our infrastructure. I sure hope that our government is not counting on people leaving it alone. They better be scared S##tliss.
Though not generally thought of in that regard, this is an integral part of that infrastructure, as much as anything else, at least to the ones in the air if it were hacked. I would hope that infrastructure is higher on the radar of the powers that be than they appear. Hopefully they let us fret about it, while securely protecting it. I guess we can dream.
A few months back, I was on a Frontier A-319 trying to leave KIAD. They could not reboot the computer. It took them a hour to find someone who could do it. Guess flight training is going to have to include what to do when the computers go down.
CTR + ALT + DEL maybe? 8:)