An alert from the USA’s Department of Homeland Security recommended earlier this summer that aircraft owners need to make sure they restrict unauthorized physical access to their aircraft until the industry develops safeguards to address the issue.
According to an investigation conducted by Boston-based cybersecurity company Rapid7, once inside an aircraft, an attacker could easily attach device to avionics equipment onboard which could be used to inject false data into equipment, which could result in loss of control of the aircraft.
The alert was reported on by the Associated Press and was reproduced across media outlets.
The business aviation sector was quick to react, with the NBAA writing a letter and issuing a statement disputing the report and claiming that security for business and general aviation is sufficient and always a top priority for the industry.
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