Boeing 757’s flight controls are HACKED remotely while on the runway without the knowledge of the pilots, US officials reveal

Monday, November 13, 2017
By Paul Martin

Robert Hickey, a Homeland Security investigator, hacked into the craft in 2016
He managed to take it over on the runway at Atlantic City airport, New Jersey
Mr Hickey said his team used radio frequency communications to hack the craft
A Boeing official has said the test is unlikely to indicate a major threat to airliners

By HARRY PETTIT
DAILYMAIL.COM
13 November 2017

A group of security researchers has remotely hacked a Boeing 757 aircraft without the knowledge of the pilots, a US government official has claimed.

Robert Hickey, a Homeland Security cyber investigator, managed to take over the passenger jet on the runway at Atlantic City airport, New Jersey.

A Boeing official has said the test is unlikely to indicate a major threat to airliners, adding: ‘I’m not afraid to fly’.

Mr Hickey revealed the details during a speech at the CyberSat Summit in Virginia , after the plane was hacked in 2016.

He said: ‘We got the aeroplane on September 19, 2016.

‘Two days later, I was successful in accomplishing a remote, non-cooperative, penetration.’

‘[Which] means I didn’t have anybody touching the aeroplane, I didn’t have an insider threat.

‘I stood off using typical stuff that could get through security and we were able to establish a presence on the systems of the aircraft.’

Mr Hickey said his team used a combination of radio frequency communication to hack into the craft, but that details of the breach remain classified.

Switching the code in avionics equipment could take up to a year to fix and cost up to £1 million ($1.3 million), he added.

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