Grey hats and blue skies, dealing with airline security
Since Sept. 11, 2001, the airline industry has been one of the fastest industries to upgrade their security procedures and protocols against various threats, both present and perceived.
Threats from possible terrorist bombs and improvised explosive devices have been curbed, and not one American plane has been hijacked since the tragic events of that fateful day.
However, hackers don’t need to board an airplane to gain control of the systems set in place to control it.
Though cybersecurity breaches can cause devastating financial losses, losses to reputation, and threaten passenger safety; hacking the internal flight control systems of a passenger airplane or a fighter jet isn’t something independent hackers would do for personal financial gain, rather it’s something they would utilize for warfare.