Hacking the Federal Aviation Administration presented at Hackmiami 2017

by William M. Nett,

Summary : Radar or RAdio Direction And Ranging is an object-detection system that uses radio waves to determine the range, angle, or velocity of objects, most commonly used in aviation. It is becoming obsolete with the advent and requirement / implementation of ADS-B or Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast system by the FAA due to ADS-B being more accurate, but is it safe? In this talk we will explore and demonstrate the discrepancies, weaknesses, and inherent flaws of the ADS-B system through the use of SDR or otherwise known as Software Defined Radio. ADS-B is inherently insecure as it has no levels of cryptography, authentication, or proper identification. We will be demonstrating a live ADS-B capture stream to demonstrate this. We can examine, dissect, and decode data streams which are currently being broadcast by all major airlines and even some government aircraft which can yield a great deal of SIGINT or Signal Intelligence.