(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
A digital vulnerability in the computer systems used on some
Boeing Co aircraft that could have allowed malicious hackers to
modify data and cause pilots to make dangerous miscalculations has
been fixed, security researchers said on Friday, Trend reports with reference
to Reuters .
Older versions of a digital tool used to calculate landing and
take-off speeds on some aircraft could be tampered with by hackers
with direct access to an“Electronic Flight Bag,” or EFB, a tablet
device used by pilots to plan flights, cybersecurity firm Pen Test
Partners said in a report.
“If data modification occurs, and the resulting miscalculations
are not detected during the crew's required cross check or
verification process, an aircraft could land on a runway too short,
or take off at incorrect speeds potentially resulting in a tail
strike or runway excursion,” said the report, which was presented
at the DEF CON hacker convention in Las Vegas on Friday.
In a statement, Boeing said it was not aware of any airplane
that had been affected by the issue, but had released a software
update to address it.
“The likelihood of this impacting flight safety is incredibly
low,” Alex Lomas, a security consultant at Pen Test Partners, said
during Friday's presentation.“Pilots are trained to handle unusual
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