Aircraft warning lights are obviously an important part of aviation since they facilitate the airplanes in tracking obstacles. A slight glitch with these lights may lead to catastrophic disasters. Recently, a researcher discovered vulnerabilities with these aircraft warning lights that could allow hackers to access the control systems.
Israeli researcher Amitay Dan found systems exposed to the internet. Therefore potentially making it possible for an attacker to access the systems and manipulate the settings.
As he told Motherboard,
He caught 46 light panels installed at various locations exposed online. Some of these include the installations in Baltimore; Tuscola, Illinois; Decatur, Texas; and Ontario, Canada, for various lighting various structures such as cell phone towers.
Upon discovering the bugs, the researcher informed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the matter. In response, the FAA acknowledged the bug threatened aviation systems.