Could ATC Computers Be Targets For Hackers? | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 12.17.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 12.17.14 **
** Airborne 12.15.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 12.15.14 **
** Airborne 12.12.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 12.12.14 **

Mon, Oct 18, 2004

Could ATC Computers Be Targets For Hackers?

At Least 20 En Route Centers Have Computers Not Adequately Secured

The nation's air traffic control system is vulnerable to hack-attacks, according to a government audit -- and the FAA is now scrambling to secure some of its most vital computers against cyber-terrorists.

SecurityFocus reports at least 20 Air Route Traffic Control Centers, responsible for directing high-altitude traffic nationwide, have inadequate computer security. "While having limited exposure to the general public, en route center computer systems need to be better protected," said the DOT Inspector General's report, dated October 1st. "FAA needs to commit to reviewing all operational air traffic control systems -- at en route, approach control, and airport terminal facilities."

What little the FAA has done to secure its IT systems to date also came under fire in the IG's report. For example, we found that FAA checked vulnerabilities on major computer servers but not on end-user computers," it said. "As a result, tens of thousands of workstations on its networks have not been checked for vulnerabilities."

The FAA's response? "The FAA has made significant progress in its information security program," said agency spokeswoman Tammy Jones. "We do concur with the Inspector General's report that more needs to be done, so we continue to work on our systems."

FMI: www.faa.gov

Advertisement

More News

Dassault Aviation Reveals First Falcon 8X

Next Step: Maiden Flight In First Quarter 2015 Dassault Aviation on Wednesday rolled back the curtains on the ultra long range Falcon 8X, the company's new flagship and the latest >[...]

Evergreen Museum Says Its 'Business As Usual'

Some Of Its Aircraft Are On Loan From Company Reorganizing Under Bankruptcy Laws The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, OR says that it is doing just fine, thank y>[...]

Airborne 12.15.14: A380 Future, More USA Today Disappointments, Jetman FORMATION

Also: Comet Water Differences, Garmin Datalink, Bogert Battery Boxes, WSI/iOs, Mistletoe Copter Fail Airbus hasn't seen a single airline order for its double-decker A380 superjumbo>[...]

NTSB Prelim Released From Gaithersburg, MD Phenom Accident

Six Fatally Injured When Plane Impacted A Home The NTSB had released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred December 8, 2014 involving an Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100>[...]

Airborne 12.17.14: Evergreen Woes, Foolish Pilot Tricks, No 757 Replacement--Yet

Also: $1M Aero-Photo, Draken Gets A-4s, 'Super Dell' Acts Super Dumb, Legendary Bell 47, Osprey Hours Evergreen Vintage Aircraft, LLC, the company that owns many of the aircraft on>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC