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[NBCCHICARGO.COM] A cyber security expert tells NBC5 Investigates he has found a way to hack into the satellite communications systems used in multiple industries.

“These devices are wide open right now,” said Ruben Santamarta, a security consultant based in Madrid, Spain with IOActive.

"For the aerospace sector we can disrupt satellite communications, [and] potentially modify the data that goes through those channels," said Santamarta

“For the aerospace sector we can disrupt satellite communications, [and] potentially modify the data that goes through those channels,” said Santamarta. Image: nbcchicargo.com

Pilots, ship captains and military personnel rely on satellite networks to communicate when there are no phone lines or wireless networks available.

“If someone can see the password or that user name it’s over,” he added. “Those vulnerabilities can be exploited to remotely compromise those devices.

Santamarta said he used something called reverse engineering — or decoding — to hack satellite communications equipment used in aerospace, maritime and military industries.

“In the military sector they use satellite terminals for combat units,” said Santamarta. “They normally encrypt the radio [transmissions] they send. But we can disrupt the satellite communications channel so we can prevent combat units [from asking] for help if they are being attacked.”

And in the maritime sector, satellite communications are used to send and receive vital information that affects the safety of the crew.

“If they are being attacked by terrorists, or they are suffering fire, they can send a distress call,” he said. “But we found we can modify the firmware in some of those terminals, so we can prevent a crew from sending a distress call.”

Santamarta recently published a 25-page report and went public with his findings at Defcon 22 – the largest hacking conference in the world – held earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“For the aerospace sector we can disrupt satellite communications, [and] potentially modify the data that goes through those channels,” said Santamarta. “In some cases you need physical access to compromise the devices we analyzed, but in other cases you can use Wi-Fi or the entertainment network to access that device.”

His research took place in a lab setting and has not been tested on an actual commercial plane. But his findings have raised concerns in the aviation industry.

Read the full story at NBCCHICARGO.OM here….

 


NBCCHICARGO.COM
21st August, 2014


 

 

 

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[Daily Telegraph] As many as 13 planes flying over Europe vanish from radar screens in an “unprecedented” series of blackouts that lasted 25 minutes with claims air traffic control could have been hacked.

So far experts are at a loss to explain what caused the aircraft to disappear

An air-safety investigation has been launched after 13 planes flying over Europe disappeared from radar screens in two “unprecedented” blackouts, leading to reports stating air traffic control systems had been hacked.

The aircraft went missing from screens across the region in early June, leaving air traffic controllers with no information about their position, direction and height – instead relying on voice communication alone.

Air traffic control centres in Austria, southern Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia all reported the same problem with each period of interference lasting around 25 minutes but varying from flight to flight.

Marcus Pohanka, from Austro Control, described the incidents, which occurred on June 5 and June 10 as “unprecedented,” although the authorities stressed that all the aircraft involved continued with their flights as normal.

Concerns over air safety and radar have been heightened since the disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines flight in March.

Read the full story at The Daily Telegraph…..

 


The Daily Telegraph

13th June, 2014

 


 


[airportcybersecurity.com] ServiceTec is delighted to announce the launch of a new website for its cyber security division, Airport CyberSec. 

AirportCyberSecurity

Airport CyberSec offers airports all over the world a full range of Cyber Security services designed to keep their staff, passengers and data safe.

Airport CyberSec’s cyber security experts work alongside airport IT and security teams to help protect against all aspects of cyber-attack.

Aside from an overview of the services offered by Airport CyberSec, the site will feature expert opinion and insight on the latest developments in the field of cyber security from the team, including Dr. John McCarthy, a world renowned authority on cyber-security strategy, development and Airport CyberSec services include:

Social Engineering Training, to protect against the practice of manipulating people into subverting security procedures or divulging confidential information

CyberIMMUNE, a unique software that mitigates the threat of malware by disabling its ability to write to disk and therefore preventing it from delivering its payload. This unique and powerful tool offers greater protection than any alternative against a zero-day attack – a threat that exploits a previously unknown vulnerability, i.e. one that is so new that the airports IT security team have had no time to address it.

Network & Web-site Security – the integrity of an airport’s network, intranet and website as well as its data security policies will quite obviously have a major influence on that airport’s vulnerability to cyber-attack. Airport CyberSec offers network security audits to test the integrity of an airport’s entire IT infrastructure.

Cyber Security Policies – Airport Cybersec can  offer assistance in the preparation and reviewing of cybersecurity policies based on world-wide best practice.

Monitoring Compliance with CyberSAFE – once best practice cyber-security policies are established staff may know what they should do, however it is also necessary to ensure staff are compliant with the policy on a day to day basis. CyberSAFE assists with both monitoring and enforcement.

 

The website can be found at www.airportcybersecurity.com

 

 


ABOUT SERVICETEC

ServiceTec specialises exclusively in the provision of Managed IT Services to the world’s airport and ,airline industries, and has been doing so since 1989. ServiceTec operates globally, with headquarters in the UK and the USA, and offices in Canada, Germany, The Netherlands and Japan.

Airports served include JFK, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Berlin,

Please visit http://www.servicetec.com


Servicetec Airport Services
Letchworth, UK – 27th March 2014


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[Biometricupdate.com] Terminal 1 passengers at London’s Heathrowairport are being invited to take part in a two-month ‘self-boarding’ trial in partnership with South African Airways.

“We are working in partnership with our airlines to trial this technology..... ” Ian Hanson, Heathrow’s Terminal 1 Director said.

“We are working in partnership with our airlines to trial this technology….. ” Ian Hanson, Heathrow’s Terminal 1 Director said. Photo: Geograph,org

Using these self-boarding gates, passengers pass through an automatic electronic barrier which takes an infra-red scan of their face. This information is checked against the biometric data that was taken at the check-in stage. If the data matches, the barrier opens and the passenger can pass through and board their flight.

According to a statement from the airport, this now means that a passenger’s identity needs to be checked by airline staff only once in the entire departure process.

“We are working in partnership with our airlines to trial this technology which should help make our passengers’ journeys smoother and simpler. Since its introduction we have had positive feedback from both airlines and passengers,” Ian Hanson, Heathrow’s Terminal 1 director said.

Reported in BiometricUpdate.com, similar self-service gates at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam have by now processed over one million passengers.

The gates at the Schiphol airport were made by Vision-Box, a Portuguese company specializing in automated border control systems and have also recently installed self-service gates at Riga International in Latvia.

Likewise, the Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Norway, is allowing passengers to check themselves through the gates using a biometric EasyPASS gate system.

Read the original story at Biometricupdate.com…..


Biometricupdate.com
26th Feb, 2013



[Flightglobal] Sweden’s Skyways Express and its subsidiary City Airline have ceased operations with immediate effect, and will file for bankruptcy on 22 May.

Skyways Express AB canceled all flights today saying it will file for bankruptcy.  Photo: Wikipedia

Skyways Express AB canceled all flights today saying it will file for bankruptcy. Photo: Wikipedia

“The owners of the company have decided not to fund the company any longer and therefore the board of directors was forced to decide to stop all payments and to stop all flights,” says the airline in a statement on its website.

Cyprus-based Mansvell Enterprises, which owns Skyways, is also the owner of Danish carrier Cimber Sterling which filed for bankruptcy in early May.

Mansvell had acquired a majority share in Cimber Sterling in June 2011 and planned a broad co-operation deal with Skyways and City Airline. But the investment group appears to have abandoned these plans after deciding to stop funding the airlines.

“We have come far in turning the company around but after the bankruptcy of Cimber, it became……

Read the full story at Flightglobal….


By:   Siva Govindasamy Singapore
22nd May, 2012



[Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones] As SAS reports wider loss for the first quarter, the Chief executive says costs related to Cimber Sterling bankruptcy is too early to assess.

Scandinavia's biggest airline Thursday reported a net loss SEK729 million for the first quarter, compared with SEK373 million the same period last year

Scandinavia’s biggest airline Thursday reported a net loss SEK729 million for the first quarter, compared with SEK373 million the same period last year: Photo Wikipedia

STOCKHOLM – Struggling Scandinavian airline SAS AB (SAS.SK) may have to intensify its efforts to cut costs only months after it began a new restructuring plan as its loss in the first quarter widened sharply due to high fuel prices and tough competition, Chief Executive Rickard Gustafson said Thursday.

“We have to adapt to prevailing circumstances and I can therefore not exclude that we will make adjustments to the [cost saving measures] that we are currently working on,” Gustafson said in an interview with Dow Jones Newswires.

Scandinavia’s biggest airline Thursday reported a net loss SEK729 million for the first quarter, compared with SEK373 million the same period last year.

SAS said it should start to reap the benefits of a SEK5-billion cost-saving plan, announced in February, in the second half of 2012.

Shares in SAS, 50%-owned by the Swedish, Danish and Norwegian states, fell sharply. At 0921 GMT shares traded down 9.6% at SEK7.50.

“The report is clearly worse than expected,” said Jacob Pedersen, analyst at Sydbank. Pedersen said while it was no surprise that high fuel costs weighed on SAS’s performance, the airline is having difficulty in optimizing the use of its aircraft fleet in an increasingly competitive Nordic air-travel market.

Further complicating SAS’s outlook was Thursday’s decision by the owners of ……..

Read the full Dow Jones interview at The Wall Street Journal….. 


By Christina Zander, Dow Jones Newswires;
+46-8-5451-3104; email Christina



[The Copenhagen Post] Passengers left holding worthless tickets after airline cancels all routes. The Danish airline Cimber Sterling has declared bankruptcy after its owners decided not to continue their financial support of the company.  
Cimber CEO: "This is a sad day for Danish aviation, for Cimber Sterling and for me personally": Photo courtesy Flickr - carrib

Cimber CEO: “This is a sad day for Danish aviation, for Cimber Sterling and for me personally”: Photo courtesy Flickr – carrib

The statement goes on to say that all of the airline’s flights are “provisionally cancelled” and that flyers that had purchased travel insurance would receive a refund from the Travel Guarantee Fund.

Travellers who did not purchase travel insurance are pretty much out of luck.

Jan Palmer, Cimber’s CEO, said he was most concerned about the airline’s customers.

“This is a sad day for Danish aviation, for Cimber Sterling and for me personally,” Palmer told Jyllands-Posten. “But it is far worse for those passengers that have been left holding tickets.” 

Read the company’s statement in full translated from the original Danish.

The bankruptcy hits domestic routes connecting Copenhagen Airport to Karup, Bornholm, Sønderborg and Billund especially hard because Cimber Sterling was the only company flying from those smaller airports to the capital. Passengers from Aarhus and Aalborg can still get to and from Copenhagen on SAS.

SAS has announced it is adding flights in light of the development but acknowledged that the bankruptcy of Cimber Sterling, which was their partner on several routes, will affect some SAS flights.

“It is inevitable that this situation will affect SAS traffic,” the company wrote in a statement. “Our priority is those customers that purchased tickets from SAS.”

SAS’s statement calls Cimber Sterling’s bankruptcy “deeply regrettable” and says that SAS is working to get schedules back to normal as soon as possible, although they were not sure when that would be.

A spokesperson from Copenhagen Airport said they are working to fill the gap left by Cimber Sterling…..

Read the full story at The Copenhagen Post….


Ray Weaver
May 3, 2012



(Reuters) – Finland’s troubled flag carrier Finnair wants to find a European partner by summer to help stem its losses on short-haul routes and is not ruling out a pact with Air Berlin, its chief executive said on Friday.

Finnair wants help to stem its losses on short-haul routes  Photo Credit: Reuters/Markku Ulander/Lehitkuva

Finnair wants help to stem its losses on short-haul routes Photo Credit: Reuters/Markku Ulander/Lehitkuva

Finnair is seeking a cheaper way to feed passengers to its Helsinki hub from where it operates profitable routes to Asian destinations such as Japan, China, and Singapore.

Mika Vehvilainen does not see a conflict in a possible partnership with Air Berlin, although Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways owns nearly 30 percent of the company. Air Berlin flies passengers from Europe to connect with Etihad’s Asian flights from Abu Dhabi.

“The products are very different. Helsinki offers much better connectivity and faster connections,” Vehvilainen told Reuters in an interview.

He also said there were “more than a few, but less than ten” other possible partners, but declined to specify.

“We are talking to a number of companies and we are aiming to have something potentially in place by summer in terms of a letter of intent or something along those lines and aiming to start the operations in the first half of 2013.”

In the past four years Finnair has reported net losses totalling around 250 million euros (206.8 million pounds). The economic downturn, low-cost competitors and high fuel prices have eroded profits of many national carriers around the world.

Vehvilainen, who stepped in just over two years ago, was unwilling to predict when investors could expect profits.

“We haven’t set any particular target on that one. We are working very hard on our costs and also driving the top line.”

Finnair’s first quarter results are due on April 27.

Read the full Reuters story here….


By Eero Vassinen
HELSINKI | Fri Apr 13, 2012



Boeing will bring the 787 Dreamliner to seven more cities on the sixth leg of the Dream Tour later this month and continuing into May. Stops include cities in the U.K., Norway, Italy and the U.S.

The 787 visits Heathrow on April 22nd & 27th, Manchester on April 23rd & Gatwick on April 25th

The 787 visits Heathrow on April 22nd & 27th, Manchester on April 23rd & Gatwick on April 25th

“The Dream Tour has provided us with a great platform to show customers, partners, government officials and other stakeholders just what the team has achieved with the 787,” said Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager of the 787 program. “It’s an honor to showcase this airplane as we bring it around the world.”

The airplane will depart from Seattle on April 21. The dates listed below are landing dates for each city or airport. Customers, employees, partners, government officials and other stakeholders will be invited to attend tour events at each location. There are no general public tour opportunities.

  • April  22– London’s Heathrow Airport
  • April  23 – Manchester Airport
  • April 25 – London’s Gatwick Airport
  • April 27 – London’s Heathrow Airport
  • May 1 – Oslo, Norway
  • May 4 – Taranto, Italy
  • May 7 – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – Washington, DC
  • May 11 – Dallas, Texas
  • May 14 – St. Louis, Missouri

More than 44,500 guests from around the world will have toured the airplane at the end of the fifth segment of the tour later this week and the airplane will have logged more than 82,366 nautical miles (152,542 km). The sixth segment will add an estimated 12,750 more guests and an additional 15,500 nmi (28,702 km).

The Dream Tour airplane, ZA003, is outfitted with the 787’s special cabin features including a welcoming entryway, dramatically larger dimmable windows, bigger bins and dynamic LED lighting. The airplane is configured with a luxurious business-class cabin, an overhead crew rest compartment and an economy class section.

Dates and locations for additional tour stops will be announced approximately one month in advance. At many of the stops, local media will have the opportunity to participate in tours of the airplane and discussions with Boeing executives and pilots.

For more information see Boeing’s press release here:

For updates on the 787 Dream Tour, including videos, photos and reports from the tour stops, visit:  www.newairplane.com/787/dreamtour.


EVERETT, Wash.,
April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire



Boeing’s new long-haul aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner, visits Norway and Scandinavia for the first time on May 1.

The visit is a part of the aircraft’s world tour – The 787 Dream Tour

The visit is a part of the aircraft’s world tour – The 787 Dream Tour

The visit is a part of the aircraft’s world tour – The 787 Dream Tour, where Norwegian’s future customers and partners have the opportunity to experience the airplane up close. Norwegian is the only Scandinavian airline to have the Dreamliner aircraft on order and  has six lined up fodelivery.

The aircraft lands at Oslo’s Gardermoen airport on Tuesday May 1; during the three-day visit, media, Norwegian’s contacts and close partners will get a tour of the plane.

”We look forward to the Dreamliner visit, not least to show off the latest and most technologically advanced aircraft in modern aviation. This is an aircraft for the future, with a high passenger comfort and lower operational costs. The low fuel burn makes this aircraft the most environmentally friendly option for our long haul operation.,” said CEO Bjørn Kjos.

Facts about the 787 Dreamliner

  • 20 percent less fuel per passenger compared to aircraft of similar size
  • 25-30 percent lower NOx emission than comparable aircraft
  • Low cabin noise
  • Larger windows
  • Higher cabin humidity – less dry air
  • The aircraft’s makes the turbulence less noticeably
  • The 787 can fly more than 1,000 kilometers farther than competing aircraft

For more information see Boeing’s press release here:


12th April 2012
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