[ISN] ‘This is just the tip of the iceberg’: Aeroplane hacking case points to deeper cyber issues

http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/security-it/this-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg-aeroplane-hacking-case-points-to-deeper-cyber-issues-20150526-gh9n4y.html By Jeremy Wagstaf The Age May 26, 2015 Security researcher Chris Roberts made headlines last month when he was hauled off a plane in New York by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and accused of hacking into flight controls via his underseat entertainment unit. Other security researchers say Roberts – who was quoted by the FBI as saying he once caused “a sideways movement of the plane during a flight” – has helped draw attention to a wider issue: that the aviation industry has not kept pace with the threat hackers pose to increasingly computer-connected airplanes. Through his lawyer, Roberts said his only interest had been to “improve aircraft security.” “This is going to drive change. It will force the hand of organisations [in the aviation industry],” says Jonathan Butts, a former US Air Force researcher who now runs a company working on IT security issues in aviation and other industries. […]