Android Phone Can Hijack a Plane Added: Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
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Those who believed that airport security could allow smartphone use on a plane one day might be scared of the fact that you can hijack a plane with Android phone on board.
One of the German security consultants told the Hack in The Box Conference that it is possible to hijack a plane using Android. A researcher, who has been working in IT industry for the last 11 years and is also a trained commercial pilot, pointed out that the security of both aviation computer systems and communication protocols was very vulnerable.
According to the security expert, they managed to build an exploit framework called SIMON and an Android app called PlaneSploit which could deliver attack messages to the planes’ Flight Management System. They showed how it was possible to take complete control of a plain. The hack in question targeted the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, which sent data about each aircraft via an on-board transmitter to air traffic controllers in order to let a plane equipped with the technology to receive flight, traffic and weather data about other aircrafts nearby.
They also managed to hack the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, used by the pilots to exchange messages between the plane and air traffic controllers either through a radio or satellite, and to automatically deliver data about each flight phase. The security researchers pointed out that both targeted technologies were very insecure and susceptible to a number of passive and active hacker attacks.
During the attacks, the experts showed how they could misuse the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast to select targets, and the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System in order to collect data about the on-board PC and to exploit its vulnerabilities by delivering spoofed malicious messages affecting the “behavior” of an aircraft.
The researchers developed the SIMON framework which was deliberately created only to work in a virtual environment and can’t be used on real-life plane at the moment. They explained that it was virtually impossible to detect the framework once deployed on the Flight Management System, so there’s no need to disguise it like a rootkit.
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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
|posted by (2013-04-24 19:29:51)|
|He Ha Ha !!! The power of android :~D|
|posted by (2013-04-24 20:54:31)|
|"Pilot knocked unconscious with Samsung Galaxy Note"...yep I can see it now.....|
|posted by (2013-04-25 12:14:05)|
|Thanx for the article Sam, I'm flying next week and will give it a try.|
@Gaspode Thanx for the laugh!
@Bman_Baba you are looking good!
|posted by (2013-04-25 15:30:21)|
|IF this crap keeps up, we wont just be having our shoes checked, we will no longer be able to carry our phones onboard, they will have to be checked with our luggage down below so we won't have access to our fruit ninja.|
|"Ladies and gentlman we seem to be have some technical issues and will be landing in china i think..." "its the fat kid in row 3B on his smart phone!!!!!"""|
|Just another reason to love my droid lmao|
|and what stops some one on the ground from doing this? there are amp's that go WELL beyond FCC Spec. Available on private markets. you could easily set up relay stations and do this from the ground, problems not the phones. its the Planes!|
|posted by (2013-04-27 20:00:10)|
|pilot wouldn't listen if appeared TXT stop what you doing for hijackers and pilot control plane maybe without O/S.|
|well... something went wrong with the "Unit Testing" back to square One!!!.. lmao.. don't you just hate it when people mess around with your "Flow-Chart"!!!!!||
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