Hurray! There's a smartphone app that can hijack planes!
Ever fancied hijacking a plane? That'd be a wheeze wouldn't it? Imagine the look on your friend's face as he defecates through morbid fear, praying to some false god in his own filth while you chuckle away, filming it on your phone.
The good news is that someone called Hugh Teso (he's a trained pilot) said he was able to exploit security flaws in a plane's data system and take it over with a few presses of a button, thanks to an app.
Talking at the clearly thrilling Hack in the Box conference, Teso said he developed an app for Android called PlaneSploit which can interfere with a plane's flight management systems (and we've just lost all of our terrorist readers as they've now dashed off to Google's Play store).
Using a flight-sim, he demonstrated how he was able to control everything from the plane's air-con to its navigational systems. If you like, you could send a plane crashing to the ground, which would be a proper hoot. One function was to make all the lights flash on-and-off in the cockpit, which will give pilots the fright of their lives as they will assume that the aircraft's systems were failing. Oh the japes!
However, the US Federal Aviation Authority think this is bunkum, saying: "The described technique cannot engage or control the aircraft's autopilot system using the [flight management systems] or prevent a pilot from overriding the autopilot. Therefore, a hacker cannot obtain 'full control of an aircraft' as the technology consultant has claimed."