Boeing has to protect its connected airplanes against hackers says the FAA

"The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) published an order last Friday in the Federal Register, an official federal journal containing government rules and public notices, requiring Boeing to modify the technology aboard 737 jetliners to protect the planes against computer hackers.

Effective immediately, the order applies to 737-700, -700C, -800, -900ER, -7, -8 and -9 aircraft. These models feature a digital systems architecture composed of several connected networks. According to the FAA, the network configuration on these models allows increased connectivity with external networks, such as passenger entertainment and information services, which create possible vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers.

“This may allow the exploitation of network security vulnerabilities resulting in intentional or unintentional destruction, disruption, degradation, or exploitation of data and systems critical to the safety and maintenance of the airplane, which could result in unsafe conditions for the airplane and its occupants,” the FAA explained in its order.

after snakes on the plane it will be computerhackers on the train disabling or distorting information for the pilots, changing direction, playing sick jokes on the internal tv system and playing death metal over the speakers (for example)

it fact it means that the pilot should be able to disactivate the smart system and fly the airplane without all that socalled smart stuff and networks and overload of information

if there is no cause for alarm the FAA wouldn't have published an order publicly, problably somebody dismissed their earlier remarks and concerns

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