Air traffic control system vulnerable to cyberattack

Los Angeles International Airport LAX
The country’s air traffic control systems are vulnerable to hackers. This, according to a 42-page document entitled “Information Security: FAA Needs to Address Weaknesses in Air Traffic Control Systems”. The document says that while the FAA has taken steps to decrease vulnerabilities in the air traffic control system, it has not fully addressed problems including those which could make critical computer systems vulnerable to hackers. “These breaches include weaknesses in controls intended to prevent, limit, and detect unauthorized access to computer resources, such as controls for protecting system boundaries, identifying and authenticating users, authorizing users to access systems, encrypting sensitive data, and auditing and monitoring activity on FAA’s systems,” the GAO (Government Accountability Office) authors wrote. GAO discovered, for example, that FAA “did not always sufficiently test security controls to determine that they were operating as intended; resolve identified security weaknesses in a tim

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