Study finds hackers could take control of plane using in-flight entertainment system

By: Josh King

The security research firm IOActive has released a new report saying that some major airline in-flight entertainment systems are in fact vulnerable to hacking.

The Panasonic systems found on American Airlines and United Airlines are among others where the problem could occur.

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The report suggests that not only could a hacker control what a passenger's hears and sees on a flight, but could also obtain credit card information if the passengers has used their credit card to purchase in-flight entertainment.

The company also said that it could not rule out the possibility of skilled malicious hackers gaining access to the planes avionic controls.

Amid the accusations by IOActive, Panasonic has refuted many of the claims saying, "Panasonic strenuously disagrees with any suggestion by IOActive that such an attack is possible, and calls upon IOActive to clarify that its research does not support any such inference."

Both American Airlines and United Airlines said in statements to ABC News that they take security risk seriously and are working with tech experts to ensure passenger safety.

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