In attempt to modernize planes and flight tracking with Internet-based technology, cybercriminals would have new vulnerabilities which they could exploit. The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has pointed out that Internet interconnectivity in modern aircrafts could provide new attack avenues for cybercriminals since this could provide them unauthorized remote access to aircraft avionics systems. Cockpit electronics are indirectly connected to the passenger cabin through shared IP networks. The connection between passenger-accessible systems and the avionics of the plane is heavily moderated by firewalls, but information security experts have pointed out that firewalls, like all software, can never be assumed to be totally infallible. As per security experts, firewalls are software components and they could be hacked like any other software and circumvented.
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