Don't Punish the Plane Hacker

We can learn from the cybersecurity researcher who says he made an airliner fly sideways.
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Plug those holes.

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Bringing down a plane carrying hundreds of passengers doesn't require a suicidal pilot, a missile or a terrorist bomb. Now, someone has claimed to demonstrate that it could be done by hacking into the airliner's entertainment system. If true, this would have scary implications not just for air travel but for the entire Internet of Everything concept, as well as for society's attitude to hackers who track down such vulnerabilities.

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