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#1 ayoshi


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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:51 PM

The exploit allowed security researcher Hugo Teso to use a Samsung Galaxy mobile phone to take control of flight and cockpit display systems running on the ground. The hack would allow him to change a plane's course and speed using the phone's accelerometer, he told the Hack In The Box Conference in Amsterdam yesterday.

He told Forbes he was able to use the exploit "to modify approximately everything related to the navigation of the plane".
The researcher was also able to compromise the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS- B) system that relays an aircraft's position to ground controllers. Teso found he was able to eavesdrop on the system's communications over its 1MBps link, as well as blocking information and injecting data into link.
He claims the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Administration are working on fixing the vulnerability.

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