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Topic - Hugo Teso
Hijackers could remotely take over the computer-controlled flight guidance and navigational systems of a modern jumbo jet armed only with a smartphone and some special computer code, a "white hat" hacker told a security conference this week.
"And then it's game over," he said.
"ACARS has no security at all," Mr. Teso said. "The airplane has no means to know if the messages it receives are valid or not, so they accept them and you can use them to upload data to the airplane"