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Man’s Claims of Hacking Plane Discredited by Law Enforcement

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U.S. law enforcement officials have no credible evidence that commercial airplane cockpits have been hacked from passengers’ seats, contradicting a man who claims he did just that.

While most airplanes can’t be hacked because flight-control computers are separate from the connections passengers use, newer aircraft have more interconnections, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said an April 14 report. Chris Roberts, founder of security intelligence company One World Labs, claimed to FBI agents that he exploited such interconnections 15 to 20 times, and in at least one instance sent commands to an engine.