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Hacking into airplane Wi-Fi a real threat According to Reuters, Ruben Santamarta -- a consultant with cyber security firm IOActive -- will present how to hack the satellite
communications equipment on passenger jets at this week's Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas. Santamarta reportedly published a 25-page research report in April,
which described multiple bugs in firmware used in satellite communications equipment. More specifically, he decoded firmware made by Cobham Plc., Harris Corp, EchoStar Corp's Hughes
Network Systems, Iridium Communications Inc. and Japan Radio Co Ltd. The risk here is that a hacker could use a plane's onboard Wi-Fi signal or inflight entertainment system
to hack into more sensitive systems, potentially disrupting or modifying satellite communications. This could further interfere with the aircraft's navigation and safety systems.
Hand-held electronics on airplanes can cause fires LITHIUM batteries that power the ubiquitous electronic devices passengers take on-board planes pose an increasing, but little-publicized fire hazard. Comprehensive data on how often there are problems with the batteries in flight aren't available but experts say that each year, carriers confront several dozen serious, in-flight instances of smouldering, smoking or even burning batteries inside aircraft cabins worldwide. In the US alone, the FAA's website lists 17 significant incidents on passenger planes in the past decade, including an American Airlines jet that had a fire in an overhead compartment last September and made an emergency landing en route from Chicago to St. Louis.
Many travellers routinely bring multiple personal devices into aircraft cabins, and safety experts agree the potential for trouble is escalating. As power packs grow more powerful, they present greater challenges if something starts heating up in the overhead bin or some device casually slipped into the seat pocket suddenly begins to spew smoke or fumes. Even Google recently moved to equip jets that fly its executives with portable, fire-resistant aluminium sleeves. Dubbed "PlaneGard," they also include gloves, a visor and a system to keep toxic fumes from spreading - all designed to protect passengers and crew from overheating batteries and help extinguish fires by pumping water into the sealed receptacle. Safety advocates say battery hazards are underreported and few carriers highlight the topic in passenger-safety cards or during briefings by flight attendants.
After a fire is put out using a Halon extinguishing agent, current US and international safety documents call for dousing overheated batteries with water, and instruct crew members to avoiding picking the batteries up or moving them. Experts agree ice should never be used to cool a burning or smouldering battery, because it will serve as insulation and increase the likelihood of a flare-up. In an April 2013 presentation to an industry conference, Cathay Pacific's general manager of corporate safety reported a cellphone "was so red hot it started smoking" earlier that month on a regional airline flight between two Australian cities. The device "had to be dropped to the floor of the cabin shortly after landing," according to his PowerPoint presentation. By: ANDY PASZTOR http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/inflight-battery-fires-stir-safety-questions/story-fnay3ubk-1227012552192
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