Hacker Briefly Flies Plane Sideways After Accessing Engine Systems, FBI Says

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A security researcher told the FBI he used a plane’s in-flight entertainment system to hack into its engine system on multiple occasions, once even briefly flying the plane sideways, according to an FBI affidavit filed in April. Fifteen to 20 times from 2011 through 2014, Chris Roberts, a computer security expert with One World Labs, a security intelligence firm in Denver, “exploited vulnerabilities” in the in-flight entertainment systems of three Boeing planes and one Airbus, the affidavit said.
Using a modified ethernet cable, he would connect his laptop to the system, then rewrite code for the airplane’s thrust management system, which includes controls for a plane’s engine system. On one flight, “he thereby caused one of the airplane engines to climb resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane.” In other words, he told one engine to enter climb mode, and the plane flew sideways.
Courtesy of ibtimes.com

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