The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has grounded Boeing's new 787 airliner after concerns about the integrity of its computer systems. The FAA said last week that it was unhappy with the possibility of passengers being able to hack into the aircraft's flight systems using the data links built into each seat. "The proposed architecture of the 787 allows passenger connectivity to previously isolated data networks connected to systems that perform functions required to the safe operation of the airplane,"the FAA report stated. "This new passenger connectivity may result in security vulnerabilities from intentional corruption of data and systems critical to the safety of the airplane." Boeing has said that it is working with the FAA to resolve the problem and that it had already built a firewall between the systems. The manufacturer claims that the systems would be 100 per cent secure." Of course, this is mainstream media so somewhat alarmist ('grounding' an aircraft that has yet to fly for example) but the sheer arrogance (and naivety?) on the part of the manufacturer implied in that last line is what concerns me more than any actual risk, and indeed makes me more cautious. The full article is linked below where the next sentences read: "However, Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer at security firm BT Counterpane, said that the likelihood of the system being perfect is "zero" . "It is possible that Boeing can make the connection to the internet secure. If it does, it will be the first time that anyone has done so," he told Associated Press." Thank you, someone who knows what they're talking about. Boeing 787 grounded over hacking fears - vnunet.com Here's another link as the vnunet links I've posted before sometimes have not worked for some. Odd but on a quick look I can't see any related articles on the FAA website, hmm...why is that? Hacker risk to Boeing's 787 jet | Australian IT Of course, the problems with Airbus (and other) software should mean this sort of concern should be no surprise to anyone. 100% secure/reliable system or, rather, in this case separation of systems? Dream on.