U.S. Air Traffic Control Systems Vulnerable To Hackers

U.S. Air Traffic Control Systems Vulnerable To Hackers

The U.S. air traffic control system is more vulnerable to hackers, according to a government watchdog report released on Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration has take steps to prevent hacking on air traffic control systems, but some significant security control weaknesses remains.

One of the weakness is at the area of detecting and preventing unauthorized access to the the computers that is used to process and track flights around the world. There also some less secure systems are used in air traffic control, increasing the risk of being hacked.

Other problems identified in the report include:
  •  Security weaknesses identified by the FAA weren't always addressed in a timely way.
  • Security control assessments by the agency weren't always comprehensive enough to find weaknesses.
  • Shortcomings in monitoring for hacking incidents or unauthorized entries mean the FAA may not be able to "contain, eradicate or recover from incidents."
The government accountability office made 14 recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration to tight the cyber security operations.

These vulnerabilities have the potential to compromise the safety and efficiency of the national airspace system, which the travelling public relies on each and every day," said Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Bill Nelson, D-Fla. 

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