Recognition hacker is indeed frightening. As in the film, he claimed to be hijacked from the passenger seat while in flight. Inevitably, he immediately questioned the FBI. Gadget confiscated his all for the sake of the investigation.
His name is Chris Roberts. Born in England but now living in the United States, Roberts passable known as a security expert. He founded a computer security company called One World Labs.
Roberts claims to be able to break into a computer system through a plane In Flight Entertainment System (IFE). First of all, he connects his laptop to the existing IFE electronic box under the passenger seat. From there, he can connect with the Thrust Management Computer that controls the machine.
He claims to have made one of the best machines to ride in a flight. As a result there is a sideways movement of the aircraft. Imagine if a bad guy who did it, what does not harm?
Roberts is apparently already investigating aviation security since about 6 years ago. Especially regarding the IFE system which he is quite vulnerable vulnerabilities. Roberts is known already several times to present it, but there was no significant response.
FBI turns observing the Roberts study. Last February, FBI agents visited Roberts to discuss the matter of air security. Roberts reveal everything. He claimed to know the flight data by simply connecting a laptop to the entertainment system on the aircraft. Even more than that, Roberts claimed to act further. Namely controlling the engine control that can change the direction of the plane.
Roberts returned to deal with the FBI linked a tweet that indicated he would be to hack the aircraft flight United Airlines Chicago majors toward Denver. He claimed it was just a joke but the FBI took it seriously.
The FBI is now interrogate Roberts and he was also banned plane. His claim about the hijacked through the IFE system also caused a stir in the aviation industry as well as a computer security expert.
The security experts there to support that Roberts was a good intention, which shows the security loopholes in modern aircraft. But mostly criticize and doubt whether Roberts really can do it.
“The claim that the thrust management system mode can be changed without any command from the pilot or when connected to the flight management system is next to impossible,” said Peter Lemme, chairman Ku and Ka satellite company.
“In events like that he claims, namely disorder in the Thrust Management System, it will be known by the cabin crew, they will know if the plane moves with a command that is not coming from the cockpit. The pilot would stop and there would be an investigation immediately. So I do not believe that what he said was true, “said Michael Planey, aircraft security consultant.
But perhaps it is worth waiting for the FBI investigation. Will be known whether Roberts really can hijack aircraft from the passenger seat or just the opposite.