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New systems warn pilots of cyberjacking threat: Video

A cyberattack on a commercial airliner could put passenger safety at risk.

 Cyberattacks are scary enough on the ground.

A hacker targeting a military aircraft could send manipulated data like bogus flight control data, aircraft operations indicators and navigational readings to flight crews. It's even an even more frightening prospect for commercial flights, where passenger safety could be at risk.

Raytheon is developing technology to warn pilots in case of cyberattack. Think of it as the cyber equivalent of an early warning system, which alerts pilots when an adversary's missile locks onto an aircraft. With a cyber warning system, pilots will also be able to tell if anything on the aircraft has been hacked.

The system detects unexpected behavior from an onboard component aboard, such as issuing an alert when there is no reason for an alert, enabling pilots to determine operational impact and make better mission decisions.

Learn more about cyber threats to aviation and their potential impacts in the video below. 

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Published: 03/30/2017

Last Updated: 04/11/2017

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