Flying a real plane with an Android phone – There’s an app for that
This is a very interesting article that made its way around the web yesterday.
Scary, but realistic, given that a lot of very critical everyday communications still don’t use appropriate protection…
You can get some pretty cool gadgets that can be remote controlled by your smartphones and tablets, such as helicopters, cars, and even tanks. But who wants one of those when you can control the real think?
At the Hack in the Box security conference in Amsterdam this week, Hugo Teso, a pilot turned IT technician, demonstrated the ability to remotely hijack an airplane using a smartphone and a radio transmitter.
Thanks to his 12 years of experience as a commercial airline pilot, and 11 years experience in IT, Teso has a good idea how aviation systems work. He explained to attendees at Hack in the Box that two of the most important ones — the Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) — are completely unencrypted and unauthenticated.