Malaysia Flight 370: Here’s How Hacker/Hijackers Can Do It


I’ve been writing about the factual and technological facts that support this possibility since 2011. Below are a number of my posts based on the intensive research that I did for my book, Die By Wire.

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Read on to see how hackers could cause the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. As you read, remember two things:

  1. The GPS system used by airlines is insecure, not encrypted. That can be exploited.
  2. There are two kinds of computers: those that have been hacked and those that will be.

Links Explaining How You Can Hack An Aircraft

Clearly, it would be easier to bring an aircraft down than to take control of it and fly it.

Onboard hacker/hijackers with a specially equipped laptop could easily have switched off the transponders, then accessed the aircraft’s  fly-by-wire computers and threatened to crash the aircraft unless the pilots agreed to fly a route the hijackers wanted.

Fact-Based Thrillers That Uncover Truths

I conduct intensive research for all my books. While Die By Wire is a fact-based thriller, it is not the first of my thrillers that have been ahead of the curve when it comes to predicting or uncovering actual events.

My first thriller, The Trinity Implosion was dismissed as improbable in 1975 because editors and other “experts” said that terrorists could not possibly build a nuclear bomb.

Likewise, Slatewiper, written in 1995 predicted another improbability that experts poo-pooed: bioengineered gene weapons that can target specific DNA sequences (and, thus, ethnic groups). The International Red Cross now warns that these are real.

Here is a sampling of more examples. You can dismiss aircraft hacking, but I have been right many times.

 

 

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  • alan

    As this tragedy unfolds, Die by Wire was the first thing that came to mind after no wreckage had been found so far. Can’t wait for another novel from Lewis.