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The internet is abuzz with news that it is now possible to hijack an airplane with an Android. This arrives hot on the heels of an announcement that the Department of Defense is classifying some cyber capabilities as weapons. I'm pretty skeptical of all the fearmongering over cyberterrorism; as security threats go, cyber is one of the least deadly. But, thought experiment: If hackers really did want to spend their time, energy, and knowledge carrying out a deadly attack, how would they do it? Here are five possible, but highly improbable, scenarios. (Paging, Hollywood!)
Hacker says phone app could hijack plane
Wrong, He said it could provide misinformation to the plane. Most planes have redundant systems to prevent failures like the one he's describing. Sure, he could give everyone a scare, but any competent pilot could still fly the plane and keep it from crashing. Then there are the planes that are too old to be hacked. I'd be willing to bet that these hacks only work on planes either manufactured in the last 13 years or luxury jets. This describes only about 18% of planes. Articles like this only serve to get people pumped up. There are a million ways people can die from doing everyday tasks. i.e. driving a car, drinking caffeine, or simply not being aware of their immediate environment. Also, hacking a (civilian) drone almost requires immediate proximity, and radio equipment. Wifi controlled drones are usually very small with a very small range. Crashing a parrot drone (like the one in the photo) is not going to kill someone.
yup! that's the point the article makes. These are all conceivably possible but astoundingly unlikely ways for cyber to kill. In no way do I think these are easy or likely possibilities.
I don't have a car, pacemaker or private jet, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't die if I lost electricity for a while and I'm more worried about a non-hacker smashing in my skull with anything other than a drone. What a dumb article.
Hacking a pacemaker would be a helluva lot harder than the author thinks. It's not as if all manufacturers use the same firmware or that pacemakers are cellphone-addressable.
I predict for the future, more hacking DOOM!
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Oh lordy, lordy...doom and gloom...why would anyone dream up these ideas? And, oh, by the way...PopSci was punked on the drone hack, too. It was a university drone...not a government drone. Facts are facts and you can't change them with a snappy headline.
It would be easier to explode all nearby pacemakers with an otherwise undetectable EMP device, anyway.