Hacking airplanes with mobile app

Pressmeddelande   •   Aug 26, 2013 10:32 CEST

Equipped with his Android phone and an app Hugo Teso can take over, control and even crash airplanes. During this year’s Sec-T Conference Teso shares his knowledge with us during his presentation 'Aircraft Hacking: Practical Aero Series'.

Hugo Teso is an IT-security consultant working for n.runs in Germany with a background as a commercial pilot who has been researching security flaws in commercial aviation systems for the past three years. The results are truly terrifying.  

The research focuses on two major systems used in aviation. ADS-B (Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast), a surveillance technology for tracking an aircraft and ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System), a system allowing the aircraft to communicate with ground stations using radio and satellite. According to Teso both systems lack security - the latter using neither authentication nor encryption, leaving it open to both passive and aggressive hacking attacks. 

By exploiting the vulnerabilities in ACARS Teso will show us how to make the oxygen masks drop down, the emergency light flash and even set the plane on a collision course with another aircraft. 

Sec-T is an association focusing on the technologies concerning information security. The 6th annual SEC-T Conference is held at Nalen in Stockholm September 12th-13th this year.

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SEC-T is a non-profit organisation that was created to host an annual technical security conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Our mission is to spread security awareness and information about security threats among the swedish tech community.