Cyber terrorism will replace bombers and decapitators

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If it can carry a camera, why not carry high explosives and take it to the airport?

Cyber attacks and commercial drones pose a growing risk of commercial aeroplane crashes, a major insurer has said.

Technical advances in aircraft design and navigation systems have reduced the chance of dying in a plane crash, but the reliance on computers poses new types of risks.

‘Cyber terrorism may replace the hijacker and bomber and become the weapon of choice on attacks against the aviation community,’ German insurer Allianz said in a review of aviation safety, publicly expressing concerns that others insurers have discussed in private.

Consumer drones will become ubiquitous, and all you have to do is fly one into a jet engine – you don’t even need an explosive payload.

The International Air Transport Association has been working to improve cyber security including the launch this year of a toolkit to help airlines assess and mitigate risks in their IT systems.

‘Aviation relies on computer systems extensively in ground and flight operations and air traffic management, and we know we are a target,’ IATA Director General Tony Tyler said at a conference in October.

Another potential threat comes from commercial drones, whose use is expanding in surveillance, crop dusting, news gathering and sporting events and for which there is no standard international regulation.

Licensing will be inevitable.  I also see a time where models that aren’t restricted to certain heights are going to need transponders as well as “return to base” or “forced avoidance” triggers that can be set off by official agencies.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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