Hackers can force jet crash
Date of Publishing:20/10/2010
These computer- generated assaults, which involve indi- viduals creating software viruses or rogue computer programmes, could bring down pas- senger planes.
A new breed of cyber terrorists has the capability of breaking into a plane’s sophisticated on-board computer systems and forcing it to crash, a security document released on Monday warned.
"These hackers can be engaged by terror cells and foreign states to cause maximum damage," the British Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron's, long-awaited National Security Strategy report said.
The cyber threat makes it possible for a potential hijacker to carry out his attack without boarding the plane.
Officials confirmed that these computer-generated assaults, which involve individuals creating software viruses or rogue computer programmes and emails, could bring down passenger planes.
"We don't want to wait until planes are falling out of the skies before we address the issue,"an official said.
Attacks in cyberspace can have a devastating effect, the document said, adding that military, industrial and economic targets could feasibly be disrupted by a capable adversary. — IANS
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