Ruben Santamarta, IOActive security researcher will be giving a demo on how a planes WiFi system can be hacked at the Black Hat in Las Vegas.
Should we be worried? Well, all the doubts we may have on what this IOActive security researcher is saying will be cleared up at the Black Hat in Las Vegas. Santamarta claims that he knows how to get through the satellite communications equipment on airplanes and he can do so by infiltrating equipment systems and on-board WiFi.
This is not the first time Santamarta has had something to say since back in April he released a report where it said that engineers used the sane log-in credentials on various devices. This is dangerous since it could let hackers obtain these credentials if the firmware of the devices is hacked.
Not everyone seems to be worried about Santamarta´a findings since some of the companies he cited thin he is wrong since they say that a hacker would need physical access to their systems since it can not be hacked through WiFi.
Santamarta was also able to compromise satellite communications and that in theory the planes navigation and safety systems could also be compromised. Santamarta said that any doubts anyone might have will happily be answered during his presentation at the conference and you can bet that there will be plenty.