The latest passenger aircraft, such as the upcoming Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s, may be more vulnerable to Internet-based and similar remotely controlled electronic attacks because of their greater network connectivity and data links, according to some air transport security experts. The experts at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) AVSEC aviation security conference in New York also expressed concerns over the lack of adequate information about possible threats.
Aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing have measures in place to protect aircraft from cyber attacks and also provide guidelines to the airlines regarding such threats.
Possible concerns regarding flight safety is one of the reasons why Qantas has not yet launched inflight WiFi Internet connectivity. This is an area that is very new with information evolving as technology developes.
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New generation aircraft face increased cyber threat