Experts at the Department of Homeland Security have indicated it is only a “matter of time” before hackers manage to interfere with a commercial airliner, leading to a potentially “catastrophic disaster,” according to a report from CBS News on Tuesday.
These experts claim that hackers could breach airplane systems by targeting flaws in the radio software used on commercial flights.
“Multiple layers of protection, including software, hardware, network architecture features, and governance are designed to ensure the security of all critical flight systems from intrusion.”
Former assistant director of the FBI Ron Hosko told CBS News that he feared companies would only take serious cybersecurity steps on the back of a serious incident.
In a statement, the DHS affirmed that it “takes aviation cyber security seriously and works with both researchers and vendors to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in the aviation sector.”