Monday, May 18, 2015

Will you hack a plane you are fliying in?

Chris Roberts, would. According to the FBI, the INFOSEC consultant has tried to manipulate the computer systems of the aircraft in which he traveled at least 20 times, and in one of them he would achieved to send commands and move one of the engines. No kidding. Today we will talk also about unsafe parkings, a theft to the Central Bank of Ireland and an interesting magazine.

By Rob Shenk
Chris Roberts rose to fame when the FBI stopped him getting off a plane after publishing several tweets explaining which he was trying to hack it. It seemed an exaggerated response from the FBI, until, today we learned that Roberts used to engage these games in his frequent air travels and, in at least one occasion, he had a plane's engine in his hands. Undoubtedly, someone you should check if he's on the passengers list the next time we fly!
Unfortunately, not only planes are unsafe, also cars and the spaces where are housed: the garages. The Spanish researcher José Guasch has spent years noticing the little security of software used to manage parkings and how easy it would be stealing their client's card numbers or their registration number, or just putting up and down the barriers for fun and even change the "Free" light signal to "Busy". Guasch has already discovered at least 180 vulnerable parkings in Germany and the UK.

But controlling aircraft and parking still remains just a "Game of Hackers" instead of a piece of cake which truly appeals to criminals. These are dedicated to the most profitable bussiness from the beginning of times: Robbing banks. Now we know someone fooled the Central Bank of Ireland computer systems for a 1.4 million euros transfer in favor of an account at another bank. Luckily they noticed at the last moment, but there're still 32,000€ missing.

We ended up with a recommendation to read calmly maybe in one of those moments with little movement at our daytime: the monthly report on INFOSEC "Ciberelcano", which discuss the new Pentagon INFOSEC strategy, the legal consequences of responding to a cyber attack or an interview with Javier García Carmon, from Iberdrola, about the security of intelligent meters.

We hope our readers would enjoy these information, and may the week start with calm enough to give them time to enjoy life too!

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