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Boeing 757’s flight controls are HACKED remotely while on the runway without the knowledge of the pilots, US officials reveal

A group of security researchers has remotely hacked a Boeing 757 aircraft without the knowledge of the pilots, a US government official has claimed.

Robert Hickey, a Homeland Security cyber investigator, managed to take over the passenger jet on the runway at Atlantic City airport, New Jersey.

A Boeing official has said the test is unlikely to indicate a major threat to airliners, adding: ‘I’m not afraid to fly’

Mr Hickey revealed the details during a speech at the CyberSat Summit in Virginia , after the plane was hacked in 2016.

He said: ‘We got the aeroplane on September 19, 2016.

‘Two days later, I was successful in accomplishing a remote, non-cooperative, penetration.’

‘[Which] means I didn’t have anybody touching the aeroplane, I didn’t have an insider threat.

‘I stood off using typical stuff that could get through security and we were able to establish a presence on the systems of the aircraft.’

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