DOCUMENTS PULLED from the FBI reveal that Chris Roberts, the security researcher who was removed from a flight over security concerns, carried out a number of attacks and even managed to make a plane change course.
The FBI interviewed Roberts at the time, and got him to reveal exactly what sort of stuff he was getting up to. He admitted to as many as 20 attacks, including one that really concerned the intelligence agency.
FBI documents made their way to Canadian news organisation APTN, which reports on the affidavit and other information.
“[Roberts] stated that he successfully commanded the system he had accessed to issue the ‘CLB’ or climb command. He stated that he thereby caused one of the airplane engines to climb resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane during one of these flights,” said the affidavit signed by FBI agent Mike Hurley.
Find myself on a 737/800, lets see Box-IFE-ICE-SATCOM, ? Shall we start playing with EICAS messages? "PASS OXYGEN ON" Anyone ? 🙂
— Chris Roberts (@Sidragon1) April 15, 2015
“We believe Roberts had the ability and the willingness to use the equipment then with him to access or attempt to access the [inflight entertainment system] and possibly the flight control systems on any aircraft equipped with an [inflight entertainment system] and it would endanger the public safety to allow him to leave the Syracuse airport that evening with that equipment.”