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‘Hackers could take over airplanes’

world Updated: Apr 04, 2011 23:22 IST

Renny Harlin's fiction movie Die Hard 2 could soon become a reality in the near future, with a report saying that aeroplanes could be taken over by remote control and forced to crash with the use of newly invented computer software. Cyber attacks are now viewed by experts as the second-biggest risk to aviation behind natural disasters.

Addressing the Asia-Pacific Aviation Security Conference in Hong Kong attended by representatives from Qantas, Virgin Airlines, and others, cyber-security expert Ty Miller from Pure Hacking said that 'whole fleets of planes could be affected.'

“The stereotypical Die Hard 2 airport attack, where aircraft controls can be taken over, is no longer just a movie script. It's an actual reality. Depending on what information was accessed... the control of the aircraft themselves could be compromised,” news.com.au quoted Miller, as saying.

“You could deal with planes so that when they're in the air they all of a sudden start dumping all of their fuel, or force the planes to take a nose-dive. And it's not necessarily one plane - it could be a whole fleet of planes,” he added.

Miller's firm engages in ‘ethical hacking’, which involves testing the security of a network by trying to crack its systems.