Security flaws let hackers hit in-flight and at sea WiFi

Multiple deployed satellite communications (SATCOM) products have security flaws, according to IOActive researcher Ruben Santamarta, who will present research in the field Wednesday at the cybersecurity conference Black Hat.

The systems are used in everything from airplane in-flight WiFi and entertainment systems to communications on ships. Santamarta found vulnerable systems in both.

Show less: “We are talking about major airlines and fleets.” — Santamartato to Axios.

Why it matters: Hacking an in-flight WiFi system can’t crash a plane — that’s a different system. But think about the damage a hacker could cause to an airline by sending an alert to in-flight entertainment systems to prepare for a crash landing.

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Source: AXIOS