Germany to raise military aviation safety amid fears of hackers entering military systems:Reports
July 13, Berlin: The German military will be launching a new “aviation cyber expertise” as an urgent measure in response to a research that unvieled that hackers would be able to seize command of a military aircraft with equipment worth just a few thousand dollars.
According to reports, the new initiative, propelled by the head of the German Military Aviation Authority, Major General Ansgar Rieks, will see military aircraft fitted with protective systems to avert potential cyber-attacks.
The government-funded report, was based on a research that showed that hostile hackers would need equipment worth no more than 5,000 euros ($5,700) to perpetrate an attack that would disrupt a military plane’s operations. The revelation struck Rieks, who said that a prospective of this happening in real life in “frightening” and that staying idle in face of the challenge “would amount to gross negligence.”
Speaking at a security conference in Bueckenburg, Rieks called on the military not to limit their concern for aviation safety to preventing technical problems that may occur in the software installed on board. Given the growing risks posed by cybercrime, he said one must not turn a blind eye on the possibility of a hostile cyberattack on aviation infrastructure and “ensure that airplanes cannot be taken over from the ground, or possible by a passenger in the air.”
The Oslo Times International News Network/Agencies