Computers Aboard Airliners Vulnerable to Hacking, Watchdog Says

(Bloomberg) - Commercial airliners have a variety of computer systems that could be vulnerable to hacking, and U.S. regulators have not taken adequate countermeasures, according to a report by government surveillance.
The Federal Aviation Administration has not prioritized cyber risks, developed cybersecurity training programs, or tested potentially compromised systems, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released Friday.
"Until the FAA strengthens its oversight program based on the risks assessed, it may not be able to ensure that it provides sufficient oversight to protect itself from evolving cybersecurity risks for avionics systems in commercial aircraft," the GAO report said.
Commercial aircraft have increasingly sophisticated computer systems, including wireless networking, seatback entertainment, position broadcasts, and devices that automatically transmit data to the ground.
The FAA and aircraft manufacturers like Boeing Co. and Airbus SE have added "full" protection to these computers and there have been no reports of successful cyberattacks, the GAO said.
"However, the increasing connections between aircraft and other systems coupled with the evolving cyber threat landscape could lead to an increasing risk to future flight safety," the report said.
The FAA agreed to five of the six GAO recommendations.
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