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Polish airline hit by hackers

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Hackers have attacked an airline computer belonging to the Polish airline LOT at Warsaw airport, seeing nearly 1,500 passengers grounded as a result. The ground-based system used to issue flight plans was offline for around five hours which caused several flight cancellations and on-going delays. The attack seemed only to… Read more »

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Security experts investigate in-flight hacking claims

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An FBI search warrant states that a man has claimed he was able to hack into the on-board computer system on a passenger jet and control the plane from his seat. Chris Roberts, a cybersecurity professional and industry expert in airline security systems, said that he took this action to… Read more »

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United Airlines crowdsources testing for security weaknesses, offers air miles

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United Airlines has initiated a reward scheme for security buffs who can detect bugs in the company’s security systems. The scheme offers the potential to win up to one million air miles depending on the seriousness of the find, but does not cover software used on board the aircraft. Other… Read more »

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United bans security expert for joke tweet

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United Airlines has banned a passenger from flying with them after he tweeted that he could access the aircraft’s computer systems. Ironically, the man in question, Chris Roberts, is the founder of a cybersecurity firm called One World Labs and was on his way to San Francisco to give a… Read more »

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Watchdog reports aircraft exposed to in-flight wifi hacking

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a report that criticises the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for not sufficiently guarding against the most significant cybersecurity threats. The report found that commercial airliners are vulnerable to terrorist attacks through the in-flight wifi. Concerns have been raised recently as the airline industry… Read more »

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Fake Malaysia Airlines links spread malware

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According to multiple reports, links promising resolution for the missing Flight MH370 are scams which spread malware. Videos with titles like “Malaysian Airlines missing flight MH370 found in Sea – 50 people alive saved” have spread through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Malware intelligence analyst Chris Boyd has… Read more »

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