Air­line grounds se­cu­rity ex­pert

Los Angeles Times - - MONDAY BUSINESS -

United Air­lines stopped a prom­i­nent se­cu­rity re­searcher from board­ing a Cal­i­for­nia-bound flight late Satur­day af­ter a so­cial me­dia post by the re­searcher days ear­lier sug­gested the air­line’s on­board sys­tems could be hacked.

Chris Roberts had at­tempted to board a United flight from Colorado to San Fran­cisco to speak at a ma­jor se­cu­rity con­fer­ence this week, but was stopped by air­line se­cu­rity at the gate. Roberts founded One World Labs, which tries to dis­cover se­cu­rity risks be­fore they are ex­ploited.

Roberts had been re­moved from a United flight Wed­nes­day by the FBI af­ter land­ing in Syra­cuse, N.Y., and was ques­tioned for four hours af­ter jok­ingly sug­gest­ing on Twit­ter he could get the oxy­gen masks on the plane to deploy.

“Given Mr. Roberts’ claims re­gard­ing ma­nip­u­lat­ing air­craft sys­tems, we’ve de­cided it’s in the best in­ter­est of our cus­tomers and crew mem­bers that he not be al­lowed to f ly United,” air­line spokesman Rah­saan John­son said Sun­day.

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