Hacking Airplanes

I’ve been following and reading Bruce Schneier for many years. He’s one of the most well-researched, articulate, and reasonable technology experts writing about computer and network security around.

I highly recommend reading: Hacking Airplanes. It’s a well reasoned and well written piece on internet vulnerabilities as we become more connected.

Imagine this: A terrorist hacks into a commercial airplane from the ground, takes over the controls from the pilots and flies the plane into the ground. It sounds like the plot of some “Die Hard” reboot, but it’s actually one of the possible scenarios outlined in a new Government Accountability Office report on security vulnerabilities in modern airplanes.

He’s not saying that the above scenario will happen any time soon, or ever, but he is worried that as “the internet of things” grows and our refrigerators, watches, cars, planes, baby monitors and medical equipment become more connected, our vulnerability to cyberattack grows.

Is Lisbeth Salander too good to be true?

Ask a Hacker: Does The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Know What She’s Doing?

The interesting thing is, everything that she does is completely plausible—it’s the way she does it that is for the most part completely nonsensical as a technical matter.

Well, she chose the right computer (MacBook Pro), the rest is details. Seriously, given what Poulsen says, it may be that it’s only machines running Windows that can be hacked like this. But, in the movie she hacks into Mikael Blomkvist’s MacBook Pro. Is that possible if he doesn’t have file sharing turned on and his computer sits behind a firewall? Curious (Mac using) minds want to know.