(The Hosting News) – A smartphone app recently on display at Amsterdam’s Hack in the Box conference is spreading a very scary possibility: Hackers could breach airplane systems; thus possibly crashing jetliners.
A crash would occur in the instance that pilots failed to shut down autopilot, a report from CTV News indicated.
The application was made by security consultant Hugo Teso who hopes the app’s creation can help airlines safeguard against any security gaps.
Known as PlaneSploit, the app is capable of performing other tasks such as messing with cabin lighting, changing intended destinations and collecting data from the jet’s system.
Meanwhile, Teso didn’t test the app on an actual plane; but instead relied of hardware and software commonly used in jets.
“The application, fittingly named PlaneSploit, sports a clean and simple interface, but is packed full with features. This is a remarkable example of technology evolution – ten years ago we barely had phones with a color screen, today we can use them to hack aircraft,” reads a report from Net Security.
Hopefully Teso’s research truly goes a long way towards helping companies beef up security.