Think DDoS attacks are bad? Try this on for size.
A recent FAA report has revealed a flaw in Boeing‘s new mega-plane, the 787 Dreamliner. Apparently, the computer network in the passenger compartment — the one that gives passengers the ability to browse the Internet while flying — is linked to the “plane’s control, navigation and communication systems,” according to Wired. The physical link between the two networks means that the fate of your voyage could be determined by a 14-year-old kid with a bone to pick.
Have no fear; Boeing has already begun the process of fixing the goof, which they say will be corrected and fully tested before the plane’s official, public debut in November of 2008.
“This isn’t a desktop computer,” explains security expert Mark Loveless. “It’s controlling the systems that are keeping people from plunging to their deaths. So I hope they are really thinking about how to get this right.”