Published On: Sun, May 17th, 2015

Security researcher tells FBI he took control of a commercial airliner – even making it fly sideways – by hacking into the entertainment system

Chris Roberts told FBI agent he had hacked flight entertainment systems




  •  He compromised such systems up to 20 times from 2011 to 2014, he said
  • On one flight he ‘overwrote aircraft’s thrust management computer code’
  • He then managed to ‘issue climb command and turn the plane sideways’
  • Despite FBI interviews in February and March, Roberts was not charged
  • However, agency confiscated two of his laptops and several hard drives
  • Roberts was kicked off United Airlines flight in April after a ‘tweet threat’
  • He had told followers that he might hack the aircraft’s onboard systems


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