Imagine sitting on a flight to Europe and sitting next to you is a woman playing a flight simulator game. You would probably not worry about her actions. It’s a game. Right?
There’s an application “developed by Hugo Teso, a security researcher for a German IT consultant firm, and presented at the Hack In The Box security conference yesterday in Amsterdam, which exploits bugs in both a protocol that sends data to planes and the flight management software used in many commercial flights.”
What this means is that the woman who is “playing” with the flight simulator game might have taken control of your aircraft. She can use this system to modify approximately everything related to the navigation of the plane. In other words…there might be an app to hijack a plane.
- ‘Mayday’ is a Neat Twist on Flight Simulators (toucharcade.com)