Hacking threatens airline safety: aviation chiefs

An Airbus A320 airplane takes off from a runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, September 2
An Airbus A320 airplane takes off from a runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, September 23, 2013

Cyber crime is a serious threat to safety in the skies, aviation industry heavyweights said, vowing to fight the growing scourge before it causes a catastrophic incident.

Hackers, and other "terrorists" are stealing information but in a worst-case scenario could endanger lives by tampering with airline systems.

Among the five organisations getting together to take action against hacking are the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and other bodies that signed a new cyber security agreement late last week, formalising their front against .

"Our common goal in developing this agreement is to work more effectively together to establish and promote a robust culture and strategy for the benefit of all actors in our industry," said Raymond Benjamin, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He added: "As technologies rapidly evolve and become more readily accessible to all, cannot be ignored.

"This is an important new area of aviation security concern and our global community will ensure that it is met with a strong level of commitment and response."


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