[ISN] Hacker In Trouble With Feds After Tweeting About ‘Playing’ With Plane Comms Mid-Flight

http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2015/04/17/hacker-tweets-about-hacking-plane-gets-computers-seized/ By Thomas Fox-Brewster Forbes Staff 4/17/2015 What’s the first rule of flight club? No, it’s not “don’t talk about flight club”. The first rule is: do not tweet about hacking flight systems when using the on-board Wi-Fi. But pro hacker and founder of One World Labs, Chris Roberts, did just that on a trip from Denver to Syracuse yesterday. His tweet wouldn’t have made much sense to the average Twitter https://twitter.com/Sidragon1/status/588433855184375808 Find myself on a 737/800, lets see Box-IFE-ICE-SATCOM, ? Shall we start playing with EICAS messages? “PASS OXYGEN ON” Anyone ? 🙂 — Chris Roberts (@Sidragon1) April 15, 2015 But it made sense to US government officials, who evidently picked up on the references to on-board communications systems (the tweets did not refer to compromising flight control technologies). Rogers said when the flight landed, he was grabbed by FBI agents, questioned for four hours and when Rogers declined to hand over his computing equipment, they seized it all, including an iPad, a MacBook Pro, three hard drives, a flash drive and some USB sticks. He got to keep his phone. All devices were encrypted, so the border control cops may have had a tough time getting anything useful from Roberts’ machines. He still hasn’t retrieved his toys and has not seen a warrant. […]




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