Insecurity: the risk cyber-ignorance poses to airport screening equipment


Today, the world’s airports have some of the most stringent security processes of any public facility. But while strict physical measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of passengers, staff and infrastructure, the need for network connectivity could leave equipment such as luggage screening machines easy prey to cyberattacks.

In 2014, researchers Billy Rios and Terry McCorkle caused upset in the travel sector by reporting how simple it would be for a dedicated individual to hack airport x-ray scanners, masking contraband items on the screens of security personnel, and compromising the entire airport security operation. The news highlighted how a technological oversight could have potentially catastrophic consequences.

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Source: Airport Technology