FBI probe of whether Chris Roberts hacked an airliner in flight points to a gap between the good hackers do vs a false sense of safety
Tim Greene By Tim Greene Follow
Network World | May 19, 2015 10:04 AM PT
The purported veering of a jetliner caused by an onboard hacker points up a larger problem, experts say – airlines and other providers of services may be blind to the value such security researchers can offer in the name of public safety.
While it’s far from clear that security researcher Chris Roberts actually did commandeer the avionics system of an airplane and force it to steer to one side, the story is prompting other security experts to call for better cooperation between white-hat hackers and industries whose infrastructures they probe.
Airlines have to get used to the idea that this type of hacking can be useful and ought to make test environments that simulate aircraft systems available for researchers to hack against, says Jeremiah Grossman, the founder of White Hat Security.
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