Hack an airplane? Researchers reveal new security concerns

Upcoming hacking conferences shine a light on the state of cybersecurity. Researchers will present hacking risks with USB drives and fitness trackers, and aircraft systems via in-flight Wi-Fi.

Fitness trackers are also under the security microscope. Symantic published a paper on how more needs to be done to protect the personal data being collected from fitness-tracking gadgets and smartphone apps.

But the hacking presentation that will get the most attention comes from cybersecurity researcher Ruben Santamarta. He reports there is a way to hack into an aircraft’s communications system using the in-flight Wi-Fi and entertainment system. Let’s hope this helps manufacturers quickly patch any potential problems.

Full article: Hack an airplane? Researchers reveal new security concerns (c|net)

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