Feds Say That Banned Researcher Commandeered a Plane [telecom]

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Feds Say That Banned Researcher Commandeered a Plane

By Kim Zetter
May 15 2015

A SECURITY RESEARCHER kicked off a United Airlines flight last month
after tweeting about security vulnerabilities in its system had
previously taken control of an airplane and caused it to briefly fly
sideways, according to an application for a search warrant filed by an
FBI agent.

Chris Roberts, a security researcher with One World Labs, told the FBI
agent during an interview in February that he had hacked the in-flight
entertainment system, or IFE, on an airplane and overwrote code on the
plane=92s Thrust Management Computer while aboard the flight. He was
able to issue a climb command and make the plane briefly change
course, the document states.



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