Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Are you the passenger or the pilot

When you get in the seat of your airplane today you have a complete entertainment and communication system which gives you more then you expected. According to FAA: Boeing's New 787 May Be Vulnerable to Hacker Attack
According to the FAA document published in the Federal Register. Vulnerability exists because the plane's computer systems is connected to the passenger network with the flight-safety, control and navigation network. It also connects to the airline's business and administrative-support network, which communicates maintenance issues to ground crews.
The design "allows new kinds of passenger connectivity to previously isolated data networks connected to systems that perform functions required for the safe operation of the airplane," says the FAA document. "Because of this new passenger connectivity, the proposed data-network design and integration may result in security vulnerabilities from intentional or unintentional corruption of data and systems critical to the safety and maintenance of the airplane."
The information is published in a "special conditions" document that the FAA produces when it encounters new aircraft designs and technologies that aren't addressed by existing regulations and standards. Also more details here...


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