May 19, 2015

Cyber Experts Warn Airlines Should Be In A Cyber Panic Over Potential Vulnerabilities

“While it’s true that firewalls could potentially be bypassed by those with ill intent, we have to remember that aircraft systems are built with safety in mind. These systems, which we deem life- or safety-critical, have redundancies in place to lessen the chances of tragic outcomes should they be compromised,” said Jovi Umawing, malware intelligence analyst for Malwarebytes Labs, the research arm of the anti-malware company. But, he added, because “the GAO report does not clearly elaborate if this new threat via cabin Wi-Fi takes into account such systems, we can’t know for sure if an attack like this would be successful.”

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