This is evil … terrible … I’ll take two
I wrote CRASHERS and BREAKING POINT, both of which focus in part on technology that is used to bring down airliners.
This week, my friend Andrew Rome brought an article to my attention that suggests one of my fictional creations may have a real-world counterpart. This, of course, appeals to a sick and, frankly, twisted soul like me. Andrew: Thank you. Now make the voices stop. Please.
The article, from The Manchester Guardian, features the headline: Cyber-attack concerns raised over Boeing 787 chip’s ‘back door’
Plus this sub-head: Researchers claim chip used in military systems and civilian aircraft has built-in function that could let in hackers
“Two Cambridge experts have discovered a ‘back door’ in a computer chip used in military systems and aircraft such as the Boeing 787 that could allow the chip to be taken over via the internet,” reporter Charles Arthur states. “’ An attacker can disable all the security on the chip, reprogram cryptographic and access keys … or permanently damage the device,’ they noted.”
I no longer am laboring in the fields of Airliner-Crash-Go-Boom these days – I have a contract with Minotaur books for two novels starring ex-spy Daria Gibron. And I promised Minotaur that no airplanes would be killed or injured in the making of these novels.
But, oh, Andrew Rome, you evil, evil bastard… This is soooo damn good….
Oh, look at the time. Appointment with psycho-therapist. Gotta run. Bye.