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Just wanted to share some technology Information to Architects & developers, while I still protect the IP rights for the same.
I was too lazy to write article on it, and this post is only for those who might be interested in the same.
Others don't mind - I really wont be making any money out of this posting and ofcourse I am targeting the Lounge visitors.
Maybe attach a creative commons license[^] to the post? At the very least it will show your intentions, and (IANAL) provide prior art of the idea. At least assuming an admin doesn't delete your post and run to the copyright office.
"Cyber security researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems - a claim that, if confirmed, could prompt a review of aircraft security." [^]
“I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: They amount to 14.” Abd-Ar Rahman III, Caliph of Cordoba, circa 950CE.
Satellite comms? Wow. Fundamental. Not.
My first flight as a twelve year old was on a Boeing 720 to Canada. We didn't have no stinking satellite. When the crew invited me onto the fight deck, they showed me frost on the side window from the -50 degree air, and how the navigator used the stars through a viewing dome in the roof.
Flight controls have come a long way since then; they are 'By Wire', so electric, but they won't be connected to any other system except the batteries and their own, dedicated, presumably hard-embedded computing. The batteries which take on the role of old hydraulic accumulators.
On the other hand....are we talking about modern engineers?
Agreed, I doubt that the in flight entertainment system would be connected to the throttle and steering yoke. If it was the navigation equipment that he'd hacked into then I could see the potential problem but other than singing "this is the song that will get on your nerves" over the comms there isn't a right lot anybody can do with this.
That's the worst that could happen.. There you are sipping your drink while watching "Die Hard 2" on your in-flight screen when all of a sudden, everyone's film gets changed to "Love Actually" on repeat, for the full duration of the flight.
Simon O'Riordan from UK wrote:
When the crew invited me onto the fight deck, they showed me frost on the side window from the -50 degree air, and how the navigator used the stars through a viewing dome in the roof.