United States, May 18, 2015: A Hacker claimed to have taken over flight’s engine controls. Hacker told investigators he hacked plane’s controls, ordered it to climb after hacking into the in-flight entertainment system of a commercial flight.
According to federal court documents, a cybersecurity consultant told the FBI that he hacked into computer systems aboard airliners up to 20 times and managed to control an aircraft engine during a flight.
As telling the FBI Roberts said that he used a modified Ethernet cable to connect his laptop to an electronic box underneath his seat that controls the entertainment system and from there, he hacked into the airplane’s computer nerve center.
Chris Roberts was detained by the FBI in April following a United Airlines flight to Syracuse, New York, after officials saw Twitter posts he made discussing hacking into the plane he was traveling on. In reference to case, Roberts tweeted that his only interest is “to improve aircraft security” and accused the FBI of “incorrectly” condensing five years of his research into one paragraph.