, , , , , , , ,

A little while back I did a popular series on the electronic dangers lurking inside your new automobile.  I started with a post on a 60 Minutes segment on auto computers and their susceptibility to hacking.  I expounded thereon once Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts released a damning report on the vulnerability and the complete lack of defense provided by auto manufacturers.  The Markey Report is worth a read.

Next I sounded the alarm on the Federal government’s efforts to track you via computers – even in your car.  I noted some might welcome the intrusion – for the children and such.  If these nuts fly commercial in addition to driving, then they will be further elated.  News comes that a disgruntled techie was able to hack into the controls of an airliner and temporarily take over the flight.

The malicious nerd:

hacked the in-flight entertainment system, or IFE, on an airplane and overwrote code on the plane’s 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.

“He stated that he thereby caused one of the airplane engines to climb resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane during one of these flights…

Just so you know, you are now at risk on the road and in the sky.  I’m sure the TSA is hard at work on a remedy.  Maybe passengers will be barred from bringing any electronic devices aboard.  Maybe they’ll have to fly naked.  At any rate, the problem will still exist, but with a host of new issues to accompany.

Things are out of hand.  In the good old days it took a couple of thugs armed with box-cutters to destroy an airplane.  Now, any dork with a smart phone can do the job.