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He, I've heard recently, that it is possible to hack airplane's central computer and auto pilot system with a simple Android-based smartphone and some special apps. I've never thought that on-board equipment of modern planes is so vulnerable to hacking attempts. Is that true?

asked Apr 24 '13 at 05:39

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Hello, Will!

That's probably true, Android phone may be used to hijack a plane. The technique was presented at a Hack In The Box Conference at Amsterdam. Former commercial pilot, Hugo Teso, presented an application, that is able to hack plane's central computer and grant a full control on a plane to a hacker. He will be able to load new flight plans and routes and many other things, like filters to make the plane do some manoeuvres on reaching designated coordinates. Also, he told that it is possible to make the plane hit the ground. We've wrote about that at our security blog.

Of course, Hugo Teso has never published the algorithm and the app itself, to make sure that nobody will use it. Major aircraft companies have already contacted him, and asked him to help in closing that vulnerability. Teso agreed to cooperate and we hope that vulnerability will be fixed shortly. The easiest way to avoid that hack is to turn auto pilot off, but pilots have to make sure that the plane is hacked, to do this. That is an example, of how Android smartphones can be dangerous not only to their users, but to all the people around them.

Until major air companies will not fix the vulnerability, we recommend to use powerful cell phone jammer to block all the smartphones in the plane. The device will block all the mobile phones around and won't disrupt other crucial plane's systems. Also it would help to block all those annoying jib-jabbers and all the people that just don't know how to use their mobile devices without bothering all around.

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answered Apr 24 '13 at 05:42

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