The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a security alert (ICS-ALERT-19-211-01 CAN Bus Network Implementation in Avionics) warning of cyber vulnerability in general aviation aircraft that could allow nefarious entities to alter an aircraft’s altitude, airspeed and angle of attack by manipulating the aircraft’s Controller Area Network (CAN) bus system.
DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommended aircraft owners restrict access to aircraft and manufacturers review implementation of CAN bus networks to compensate for the potential of attack. The alert is the result of research by an IT consulting firm whose report is announced in a promotional blog post about an upcoming hacker convention.
Responding to Misleading AP Story, NBAA Sets the Record Straight on GA Security
When newspapers across the country recently published an often misleading Associated Press story regarding a DHS notice about general aviation (GA) security, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen was quick to respond.
In a letter now published by at least 20 media outlets that ran the story, Bolen noted the story “Included not a single aviation-industry source,” adding, “The reason TSA audits have never found general aviation airplanes to be a security concern is that the industry has always made security a top priority, with a host of measures that harden aircraft from threats.”