Experts working with Homeland Security remotely hacked into a Boeing 757 parked at a New Jersey airport — stunning a group of pilots who had no idea their planes are vulnerable, according to a report.
Homeland Security cyber-sleuth Robert Hickey told Aviation Today that his team hacked into the controls of the commercial jetliner, which the department bought on Sept. 19, 2016, and parked in Atlantic City.
“Two days later, I was successful in accomplishing a remote, non-cooperative, penetration,” said Hickey, a manager in the Cyber Security Division of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate.
“I didn’t have anybody touching the aeroplane, I didn’t have an insider threat,” he said. “I stood off using typical stuff that could get through security and we were able to establish a presence on the systems of the aircraft.”
Noting that details of their hack and their research are classified, Hickey told attendees at the CyberSat Summit in Tysons Corner, Va., last week that they accessed the plane’s systems through radio frequency communications.