Dreamliner Vulnerable to Hackers

Boeing 787 links Internet users to navigation system, FAA warns
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2008 9:30 PM CST

(Newser) – Boeing's 787 Dreamliner could be vulnerable to onboard hackers, an FAA report finds. Turns out service providing in-flight Internet access to passengers is linked to flight systems, including navigation and communication, Wired reports, introducing the prospect of cabin-based hacking. "This is serious," says one network security analyst.

"It's controlling the systems that are keeping people from plunging to their deaths," he added. Boeing insists concern is overblown and the FAA report is misleading. The airline giant airline says part of the technical solution is proprietary but will employ air gaps and firewalls—and that it will be tested shortly. Boeing has 800 advance orders for the jetliner, due to enter service in November.