In-flight Wi-Fi is “direct link” to hackers

Airplanes with in-flight Wi-Fi are vulnerable to hacks by passengers and could be targeted by a "malicious attacker" on the ground, a US report has warned.

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) described the potential dangers in a new report for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) titled "FAA Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to NextGen."

The study explained that IP networks of all kinds left flights open to cyberattacks—whether that's in-flight wireless entertainment systems, Internet-based cockpit communications or the new Next Generation Air Transportation System due to be implemented by 2025.

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