Was Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 taken over by a cyber attack?

Cyber Attack Airlines
March 2014WORLD As the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues, investigators have come across some startling evidence that the plane could have been hijacked using a mobile phone or even a USB stick. The theory comes from a British anti-terrorism expert who says cyber terrorists could have used a series of “codes” to hack the plane’s in-flight entertainment system and infiltrate the security software. According to Sally Leivesley, a former scientific adviser to the UK’s Home Office, the Boeing 777’s speed, direction and altitude could have been changed using radio signals sent from a small device. The theory comes after investigators determined that someone with knowledge of the plane’s system intentionally flew the jet off course. “It might well be the world’s first cyber hijack,” Leivesley told the U.K.’s Sunday Express. “This is a very early version of what I would call a smart plane, a fly-by-wire aircraft controlled by electronic signals.” Leivesley said that the evidence increasingly indicates that someone took over the plane’s controls “in a deceptive manner” and overwhelmed the plane’s system either remotely or from a seat on the plane. “There appears to be an element of planning from someone with a very sophisticated systems engineering understanding,” she said. “When the plane is air-side, you can insert a set of commands and codes that may initiate, on signal, a set of processes.” Investigators have also proposed that the pilots themselves could have switched the plane’s communication equipment off and redirected the plane west, but officials say it would have been very difficult for them to make the plane disappear from radar. Commercial aviation pilots who spoke with NPR said shutting down the system, which is designed to automatically communicate with ground control stations, is far more complicated than throwing a single switch. “They said you’d have to go through big checklists, you’d have to possibly pull circuit breakers if you wanted to deactivate [all the communications equipment],” NPR’s Geoff Brumfiel told “All Things Considered” host Robert Siegel.
“So, to do this, you’d have to have some degree of premeditation and a lot of knowledge of the aircraft.” Further evidence supporting the cyber hijack theory comes from the fact that Boeing had previously expressed concern over the security of the plane’s systems, and had even contacted the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for permission to change some of the onboard equipment. In August 2012, Boeing applied to have additional security installed aboard several of its 777 series aircraft. Boeing was concerned that the aircrafts’ inflight entertainment system, which includes USB connections, could allow hackers to access a plane’s computer. The Federal Aviation Administration granted Boeing permission to change its inflight systems five months ago. “The integrated network configurations in the Boeing Model 777-200, -300, and -300ER series airplanes may enable increased connectivity with external network sources and will have more interconnected networks and systems, such as passenger entertainment and information services than previous airplane models,” the U.S. Federal Register stated in a Nov. 2013 report. “This may enable the exploitation of network security vulnerabilities and increased risks potentially resulting in unsafe conditions for the airplanes and occupants.” Last year, a Spanish researcher showed it was possible to hack a plane using a mobile phone. According to WTOP, during a presentation in April 2013 at the Hack-In-The-Box security summit in Amsterdam, Hugo Teso allegedly proved that with an Android smartphone, a specific “attack code” and an Android app called PlaneSploit, he could hijack both a plane’s system as well as the pilot’s display. The FAA quickly denied Teso’s assertion that he could remotely commandeer a plane. “The described technique cannot engage or control the aircraft’s autopilot system using the FMS or prevent a pilot from overriding the autopilot,” the FAA said in a statement following Teso’s demonstration. “Therefore, a hacker cannot obtain ‘full control of an aircraft’ as the technology consultant has claimed.” –IB Times
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2 Responses to Was Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 taken over by a cyber attack?

  1. Irene C says:

    I read another theory today that also makes sense.

    A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

    http://www.wired.com/autopia/2014/03/mh370-electrical-fire/

    “The left turn is the key here. Zaharie Ahmad Shah1 was a very experienced senior captain with 18,000 hours of flight time. We old pilots were drilled to know what is the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind us, airports abeam us, and airports ahead of us. They’re always in our head. Always. If something happens, you don’t want to be thinking about what are you going to do–you already know what you are going to do. When I saw that left turn with a direct heading, I instinctively knew he was heading for an airport. He was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi, a 13,000-foot airstrip with an approach over water and no obstacles. The captain did not turn back to Kuala Lampur because he knew he had 8,000-foot ridges to cross. He knew the terrain was friendlier toward Langkawi, which also was closer….”

  2. niebo says:

    OK, Dudes, so we got the NSA tapping, recording, and storing every call since the late 1990’s, which means they got me on tape, like, every time I said “bong” or “rasta” or “herbage”, you know, since I was in kollege, along with all the metadatage, which they use to “drone” people the world over (so, does that mean that they can go back and drone me? whoa, that’s existential!); they know every time I my arrogant ipad pats itself on the back with the tag “sent from my ipad”; the black box in my truck talks to satellites and pro’lly traffic cams, too, and the FBI knows ev’ry time I go to Wallyworld to buy Jackhammer his kitten chow cuz they got facial recognators so keen they can ID anybody from, like, the surface of the moon . . . and “they” (all the alphabet people) manage to lose track of entire airplane? And not some measly cropduster of Learjet or 727, no, but a mondo 777, which is, like, the Titanic with wings, and they want to say that some hacker-type hacked the security software through the entertainment system? Really? So, that’s sorta like suggesturing that somebody using a flatscreen could hijack Comcast, and that’s, like, perposterous. PLUS, they “hid” it from radar? Yeah? SO if it was that easy to do, why did we spend a kajillion dollars on stealth technology when all you need is a USB stik and a Xbox? And, BTW, I’m pretty sure that, since 9-11, regardless of how many fuses get yanked, switches get flipped, and blippers get bopped, “they” know where ALL the planes are . . . they just ain’t sayin’. So . . .why?

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