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Joke tweet sparks debate over airline computer security
Joke tweet sparks debate over airline computer security

When it comes to security, airlines have never been known for their sense of humor. That became particularly apparent this month to a cybersecurity expert who joked during a flight about hacking into a commercial airplane’s avionics computers through its wireless Internet system. It prompted a quick response from airlines, plane manufacturers and onboard Wi-Fi makers who insist that it cannot be done. Security experts say nothing is impossible. The debate erupted after cybersecurity expert Chris Roberts, founder of One World Lab in Denver, sent a tweet while he was a passenger on a United Airlines flight, suggesting he could hack into the airline’s onboard system to trigger...

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