A hacker’s “Dream”

Forget Internt access in the skies. It now seems like you might be able to access the details of the plane that you’re actually on, thanks to an interesting choice that Boeing’s engineers have made.

The new 787 Dreamliner would seem to have only a single wired network on the plane, connecting passenger Internet access options as well as the navigation and control systems. As an added bonus some maintenance systems are on the same network as well.

Boeing claims that they have software controls in place to keep the systems apart, but that’s not all that comforting to the rest of the technically inclined world who pretty much all agree that software solutions aren’t sufficient to meet the needs for true security of critical systems, especially flight control.

In the meantime the FAA has stated that this as an issue that needs to be addressed as the plane enters its final production stages, with deliveries expected to start in late 2008.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.