Report from Government Accountability Office Says the Air Traffic Control System Is Exposed to Hacking Risk

Report from Government Accountability Office Says the Air Traffic Control System Is Exposed to Hacking RiskA report released by the government watchdog on Monday, said that the system that the nation follows to guide various aircrafts commercial planes is at "increased and unnecessary risk" of being hacked.

The report by the Government Accountability Office noted that though the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has taken measures to safeguard the air traffic control system from cyber-based attacks yet, "significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening the agency's ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation."

Among many others one of the weaknesses is the capability to avert and sense unauthorized access to the huge network of communications and computer systems which are used by the FAA to track and process flights all over the globe according to the report. The FAA depends on hundred or more of air traffic systems to direct the aircrafts.

According to the report, there are also insufficient protections systems to put off the entry into the computer systems of air traffic from other computer systems that are less-secure which do not directly handle the traffic operations.

Fourteen recommendations were made by the accountability office for the FAA and three others to the Transportation Department.

In a letter, an official of the Department of Transportation said to the accountability office that the FAA knows the significance of the issue and has attained quite a few landmarks in making the cybersecurity system better.

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