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Aviation Faces Increasing Cybersecurity Scrutiny

Credit: Drak Reading, by Kelly Jackson Higgins, Aug 28th, 2019.

Some aviation experts and security researchers are trying to foster closer alliances for securing airplane networks.

Aircraft control-system circuit boards and electronics littered a long table around which hackers tinkered with the mostly retired avionics equipment components, including cockpit display units and in-flight entertainment systems. The goal of this hands-on station — part of the inaugural Aviation Village at DEF CON 27 earlier this month in Las Vegas — was to give white-hat hackers a rare opportunity to learn how on-board airplane electronic devices operate and communicate.

"[The devices] are what a well-funded researcher could have access to," says Ken Munro, a consultant with Pen Test Partners, whose embedded systems security team created and hosted the display and helped teach wannabe hackers about the components they had procured from eBay and electronic boneyards……

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