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U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Airplane Cybersecurity


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A Boeing 757-200 taxiing onto a runway.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of Transportation, has revived a program to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in aviation.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has revived a program to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in aviation, in conjunction with the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center's Jeffrey Troy said, "It's very important to be looking at the whole [aviation] ecosystem and identifying key points where a digital system, if it were to malfunction, could cause a bad day for a lot of people."

Air Force official Will Roper said the service needs to search more rigorously for cybersecurity weaknesses, and the University of California, San Diego's Stefan Savage is urging more outside scrutiny of aviation cybersecurity, since aircraft manufacturers are not always willing to admit problems.

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