Airplanes could be taken over by remote control and forced to crash with the use of newly invented computer software, according to an expert cited by the Brisbane Courier-Mail April 4. Cyber attacks are now viewed by industry specialists as the second-biggest risk to aviation behind natural disasters. Airline representatives were warned of the threat at the Asia-Pacific Aviation Security Conference in Hong Kong the week of March 28. The Australian cyber-security expert from Pure Hacking told the conference whole fleets of planes could be affected. The stereotypical Die Hard 2 airport attack, where aircraft controls can be taken over, is no longer just a movie script. It’s an actual reality, the expert said. Depending on what information was accessed ... the control of the aircraft themselves could be compromised.
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