Hackers just found serious vulnerabilities in F-15 fighter jet
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August 14, 2019 - by JOSEPH MARKS for stripes.com
After two long days, a team of highly vetted hackers found a mother lode of vulnerabilities that — if exploited in real life — could have completely shut down the system that collects reams of data from video cameras and sensors while the jet is in flight.
In a Cosmopolitan hotel suite 16 stories above the Def Con cybersecurity conference, a team of highly vetted hackers tried to sabotage a vital flight system for a U.S. military fighter jet. And they succeeded.
It was the first time outside researchers were allowed physical access to the critical F-15 system to search for weaknesses.
And after two long days, the seven hackers found a mother lode of vulnerabilities that — if exploited in real life — could have completely shut down the Trusted Aircraft Information Download Station, which collects reams of data from video cameras and sensors while the jet is in flight.
They even found bugs that the Air Force had tried but failed to fix after the same group of hackers performed similar tests in November without actually touching the device.
"They were able to get back in through the back doors they already knew were open," Will Roper, the Air Force's top acquisition official, told me in an exclusive briefing of the results.
The hackers lobbed a variety of attacks — including injecting the system with malware and
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