A group of Russian hackers are claiming that they have been able to access European train networks’ computer systems. The group claim that the flaws they have discovered could allow a train to be controlled remotely and could ultimately lead to a hijack or even a derailment. These expert hackers list human programming errors and bugs in outdated systems as the source for many of the security flaws.
This information was revealed at a recent conference in Germany although the group were careful not to give any specific detail in case the data was to fall into the wrong hands. The group has provided the results of their findings to rail operators and hopes the discovery will prompt action.
The group says that at the very least, security breaches could cause major travel disruption, but there is real potential for a much more serious risk to human life should these vulnerabilities be fully exploited.